What is the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their town and to help them deliver the sustainable development they need. Neighbourhood plans contain policies and proposals that will be used in decisions on planning applications. They provide a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community. Our neighbourhood plan will need to be in conformity with Wiltshire Council planning policies but will have the scope to add local detail so that planning decisions reflect Chippenham’s unique circumstances.

Chippenham is a large and complex town and much has already happened. Wiltshire Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the civic sector already have policies and plans in place. We will need to work within this framework. There is however considerable scope to amend and refine these policies and to bring them up to date.

The community is at the heart of the Neighbourhood Plan– the plan will be grounded in extensive public consultation. We will hold a wide range of events and provide many opportunities to learn your views.

The neighbourhood plan will only be adopted following a successful referendum where a majority vote is needed.

We are only at the start of the process, but we believe that it will take around three years to complete, starting in Autumn 2018.

  • Year 1

    Steering Group will prepare the consultation strategy and agree the overall process.

  • Year 2

    Community consultation and evidence gathering. Write first draft of plan.

  • Year 3

    Agree the plan with the planning authority, clear the regulatory hurdles, further consultation and referendum.