Community Workshops on Housing Design

Our Housing Topic Group will be hosting three interactive community workshops on housing design, which they will then use as evidence to formulate future housing design planning policies for the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Topic Group have identified three housing estates in Chippenham: Charter Road, Pewsham, and Hill Rise. They would like to hear the views of residents from these estates to understand what makes these estates good or bad places to live.

Please come along to one of our events and give your views:

8 February – Charter Road estate @ Chippenham Town Hall

22 February – Pewsham estate @ Cafe Spero, Wood Lane

29 February – Hill Rise estate @ St. Paul’s Church Hall

All events run from 9.30am (for a 10am start) to finish at 12.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

To help formulate planning policies for future housing design, in the second part of the workshop we want to hear your views on: climate change, nature, scale & density, safety, community, play, social justice & equity, landscape setting, built design, affordable housing, retail & services, materials, streets & movement, and green spaces.

We look forward to seeing you there…

RE-SCHEDULED: Renewable Energy Strategy Workshops

The Neighbourhood Plan is offering the community a chance to have a say on what sort of renewable energy developments it would like, where it would like them, and what criteria they must meet in order for planning permission to be given.

Renewable Energy Strategy workshops will be held at Chippenham Town Hall and organised by the Centre for Sustainable Energy

The first workshop will be held on Saturday 15th February 2020 (9.30am-4.30pm). This will be followed by a 2hr evening weekday workshop (date tbc) to bring together views after everyone has had a chance to think about and discuss outcomes from the workshop with other people. Tickets for the follow-up workshop will be released after the 15th February workshop event has taken place.

The event is free to attend for a maximum of 20 participants, but is ticketed. Participants should be able to attend both events. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are available through Eventbrite. Please click on the link below to order a ticket:

The workshops will be highly participative. Coffee, tea and a light lunch will be provided.

Project Outputs:

• Spreadsheet indicating the likely range of renewable energy outputs that might be achievable and acceptable to people in the local community

• Annotated map indicating favoured locations for particular technologies

• Report summarising discussions and notes from the workshops with favoured criteria for renewable energy policies

Your views matter, so come and have your say!

You don’t need to be an expert to contribute.

Meeting our Topic Groups

The Topic Group Phase of the Neighbourhood Plan officially kicked off at the weekend, with an Induction Event held at the Town Hall for all Topic Group Members. These are volunteers from the local community who will be helping to shape the Plan during this important stage.

The purpose of the Induction Event was to provide basic training on neighbourhood planning for the 43 Topic Group Members that have joined. It was also an opportunity for them to meet each other for the first time, meet Town Council Officers, and meet Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Members.

Councillor Nick Murry, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group opened the event. He explained how the public had helped shape the Plan’s Vision for the Town and how it would be the Topic Groups role to breathe life into this by developing an effective set of policies, with the support of the Town Council’s Planning Officer and Neighbourhood Plan Consultant.

Commenting on the event, Cllr Murry said:

“It was fantastic to see so many enthusiastic volunteers, with such wide ranging experience, getting stuck into this crucial phase of the Plan. I am looking forward to working with them.”

He continued,

“I’d also like to add a big thank you to the Steering Group and its support staff, and to all the Town Councillors who’ve given up their time to get the Neighbourhood Plan to where it is. It is in my view, a shining example of local democracy in action.”

The 7 Topic Groups are: Housing; Community Infrastructure; Green Infrastructure; Town Centre; Transport; Economy; and Sustainability & Climate Change, which will be a cross cutting theme throughout the Plan.

This Topic Group phase will last for around 6 months, with each Topic Group meeting monthly, and reporting back to the Steering Group thereafter. The remit of each individual Topic Group will be to look at the gaps in current planning policy (to see where the Neighbourhood Plan can add value). They will then gather evidence to justify planning policies, and begin to draft planning policies.

The Topic Groups will be working with the Chippenham community to help further develop a shared vision for the Town. It is hoped that this will foster community spirit and empower the local community to take more ownership over what happens in their neighbourhood.

Call for Topic Group Members

The Neighbourhood Plan has now reached an exciting stage – we are reaching out to the local community looking for volunteers to join one of our seven Topic Groups.

The Topic Groups that will be set up are:

-Sustainability/Climate Change
-Community Infrastructure
-Green Infrastructure
-Town Centre

Topic Groups will hold their first meetings in September 2019. Topic Group Members will need to attend at least one meeting a month (but it could be more) for around 3-6 months, and will be supported by professional Town Planners who will help with the technical aspects of the subject matter.

We are looking for committed volunteers, who may have skills in one or more of the above topics, and who want to make a difference to Chippenham’s future. If this sounds like you, and you are interested in joining a Topic Group, please fill in the short application form below and return to us by Tuesday 25th June 2019.


Our Vision

Following on from a successful Pre-Vision Survey, the Steering Group have used the results of the public Survey and reviewed existing policy context to create a Vision for the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan.

Please click on the link below to see our Vision and Objectives:

Vision & Objectives

The Vision is a living document, and will provide a strategic framework for Topic Groups (shortly to be established) in which to review existing planning policy gaps, gather evidence and draft planning policies.

Survey Results Now In

A big thank you to the local community for such a terrific response to our online Pre-Vision Survey, carried out during a 3 week period in March. Over 600 of you gave your views on the Town. There were some interesting and thought provoking responses, and it was great to meet members of the public at one of our five street stalls.

Please click on the link below to access the results:

Pre-Vision Survey Results

Headline Survey Results are set out below:

What you liked most about living in Chippenham:
Transport Links
Green Spaces & Parks

What you liked least about living in Chippenham:
Traffic Congestion

What kind of place you thought Chippenham should become in the future:
Improved Retail Offer
Expand Leisure, Sport & Recreation Facilities
Attractive to Business/Employment

Topics you selected which you felt were most important for Chippenham:
Traffic & Parking
Community Facilities
Green Spaces & Parks

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is now using these survey results, in conjunction with the previous Chippenham Vision, to create an up to date Vision which will guide the Neighbourhood Plan going forward.

Volunteers from the local community will be sought to sit on Topic Groups in Summer 2019. If you would like to get involved we would love to hear from you – please fill in our contact form on the website.

Your Town, Your Choice – Have Your Say in Our Survey

We are excited to announce our first round of public consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan. We have created a short, online survey, which will take you only 5 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey:

The survey will help us better understand what you like or dislike about the Town, what you want a ‘future Chippenham’ to look like, and what topics or issues you feel are most relevant to the Town’s future development.

If you take part in the survey and fill in your contact details you will be entered into a prize draw to win afternoon tea for two at The Angel Hotel, Chippenham.

The survey will be live until 22nd March 2019.

In addition, representatives of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will be out and about in the Town during March at our street stalls. Please come and ask us questions about the Plan or complete a survey in person. Neighbourhood Plan street stalls will be located at the following venues in March:

7 March 2019 – Chippenham Library – 11am-2pm

9 March 2019 – Chippenham Market – 11am-2pm

12 March 2019 – Sainsbury’s, Bath Road – 11am-2pm

16 March 2019 – Emery Gate Shopping Centre – 11am-2pm

19 March 2019 – Olympiad Leisure Centre – 4pm-6pm

20 March 2019 – Chippenham Railway Station – 4pm-6pm

Steering Group Appointed

A Steering Group has been appointed to manage and lead on the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan.

The Steering Group comprises of six Town Councillors and six members of the public, and is the body responsible for the delivery of the Neighbourhood Plan.

It is anticipated that it will meet at Chippenham Town Hall for the first time in early November, after which it will hold monthly meetings. The diverse profile of the Group and the range of skills that it can bring to the table will be useful in both decision making and reaching out to the local community.

The Steering Group comprises of:

Chairman: Cllr. Nick Murry

Town Councillor Members:
Cllr. Clare Cape
Cllr. Michael Merry
Cllr. Chris Ruck
Cllr. John Scragg (Vice Chair)
Cllr. Sandie Webb

Members of the Public:
Liz Field
Barry Grimes
Ross Henning
Jack Konynenburg
Steve Perry
Sophie Thomas

The Steering Group is principally being supported by the Town Council’s Planning Officer – Andy Conroy; and their appointed Planning Consultant – Dr. Andrea Pellegram.

Chairman, Cllr Nick Murry commented:

“Developing a Neighbourhood Plan will give the people of Chippenham an opportunity to help shape and influence the future development of the Town, at a time when there’s much change on the horizon.

The level of interest and enthusiasm to get involved from within our community has been inspiring, and following a careful selection process, we now have an excellent combination of expertise and experience in our newly formed Steering Group.

I am looking forward to working with the Steering Group and the forthcoming Topic Groups (yet to be recruited) in pressing ahead with this important task.”

Neighbourhood Area Designated

Wiltshire Council have formally approved our application for the designation of Chippenham Neighbourhood Area.

The approval of Chippenham Neighbourhood Area on August 17th is the first stepping stone in a series of regulatory stages required in the coming years. Consequently, it marks an important initial milestone on the Neighbourhood Plan journey.

The Neighbourhood Area covers the whole of Chippenham Parish. This is the geographical area administered by Chippenham Town Council, which is the ‘relevant body’ for neighbourhood planning purposes.

Please click on the link below to view the Neighbourhood Area designation notification letter and accompanying map, as approved by Wiltshire Council.