Chippenham Town Council is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan that will set out the local planning policy for the town. We look forward to working with the community as we set the framework for our future.

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A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. All Neighbourhood Plans must meet basic conditions (see Question 7.)

A Neighbourhood Plan relates to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and local referendum. Once approved it would form part of the Local Plan, which Wiltshire Council would then use to make decisions on planning applications.

  • It will provide the community with more control over the future of their area by giving local people the chance to have their say on what happens where they live and influence the nature and location of any development
  • It will increase understanding of community needs and aspirations
  • It will have the ability to retain 25% of all Community Infrastructure Levy Funding (CIL) as opposed to the current 15% that is passed to the Town Council by Wiltshire Council
  • It will direct CIL expenditure aimed at Chippenham so that the community gets the maximum local benefit

The Plan will cover the whole of Chippenham Parish.

Chippenham Town Council is the ‘qualifying body’ that is leading on the Plan. It set up a Steering Group in November 2018 comprising of 6 Town Councillors and 6 members of the community, who are responsible for the day to day management of the Neighbourhood Plan, along with the Town Council’s Planning Officer and the Council’s retained Planning Consultant.

We hope to complete the Neighbourhood Plan within three years, and for it to cover a 10 year period. It will need to be reviewed approximately every five years.

Plans will have to be considered by an independent examiner to ensure that they are legally compliant and consistent with these requirements.

No. Neighbourhood planning is about shaping development of a local area in a positive manner. It is not a tool to be used to prevent development proposals from taking place. It should reflect local and national policies. Neighbourhood plans are not able to promote less development than set out in Wiltshire Council’s local plan or national guidance, but they can promote more. A Neighbourhood Plan can be used to ensure that any development is in line with the wishes of the local people and is sympathetic to local need.

When adopted, the Neighbourhood Plan will be a statutory planning document. It will form part of Wiltshire Council’s Local Plan, and the policies within the Neighbourhood Plan will be given significant weight when Wiltshire Council come to make decisions on planning applications.

At various stages in the Neighbourhood Planning process, we will carry out public consultation where we will seek to obtain your views in order to shape the Plan. There will also be opportunities to get involved in topic groups – for example if you are interested in housing, transport, heritage, business, the environment. Please go to the ‘Get Involved’ section of the website to see the latest opportunities.

Chippenham Town Council will pay for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan, with the assistance of some government grant funding. Wiltshire Council will pay for the independent examination and the referendum, as well as providing technical advice and practical support.

Reference Library

Neighbourhood Plan documents + national, strategic and local planning policy or
background documents that will influence the Plan:

Working Groups

What Groups Are Working on the Neighbourhood Plan?

The Steering Group is the body of people appointed to manage and lead on the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan. They are charged with overseeing and advising on the preparation and consultation of the Plan - through its different stages right up to Referendum. It operates on a non-political basis and comprises of six Town Councillors and six members of the public. The Steering Group is sponsored by, and reports to Chippenham Town Council, as the accountable body. The Steering Group meets on a monthly basis at Chippenham Town Hall and has been operating since November 2018.

Between October 2019-September 2020 seven Topic Groups were in existence, comprising of 40+ volunteers from the local community, reporting to the Steering Group. The Topic Groups were: Housing, Town Centre, Economy, Transport, Green Infrastructure, Community Infrastructure, and Sustainability & Climate Change. The Topic Groups gathered evidence to help create draft planning policies, and in some cases began drafting those policies.

Who’s on the Steering Group?

Chairman: Councillor Nick Murry
Vice Chairman : Councillor John Scragg

  • Members of the Public:
    • Ross Henning
    • Jack Konynenburg
    • David Mott
    • Steve Perry
    • Dunstan Westbury
    • Fiona Williams

Steering Group Agendas and Minutes

Get Involved

Watch this space…  There will continue to be many further opportunities for the public to get involved in the development of the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan

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