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Referendum Results

Posted May 24, 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Neighbourhood Plan can now be adopted following a successful ‘yes’ vote by residents of the town at the referendum held on 23 May 2024.

86.2% of those residents who voted, voted ‘yes’ to the question ‘Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Chippenham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’ 13.5% voted ‘no’. Turnout was 14.8%.

The Plan will now be ‘made’ by Wiltshire Council and will become part of the development plan, used when making decisions and recommendations on planning applications in the area.

On behalf of Chippenham Town Council, Leader, Councillor Desna Allen, said:

We are delighted that the Chippenham community have voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan. It is the culmination of over five years of hard work by Councillors, officers and resident volunteers to create planning policies which will help guide future development in Chippenham, and make the town a more attractive and sustainable place in the future.”

Not only is the Plan itself a commendable, comprehensive, evidence-based body of work, its adoption will mean that the Town Council will receive a greater proportion of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) income to be able to spend for the benefit of the town. The Neighbourhood Plan has also helped to inform the important projects in the Chippenham One Plan, which would see long overdue investment to improve the town centre”.

I would like to thank members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, officers, consultants, the community, and whomever came out to vote, and look forward to the Neighbourhood Plan being used effectively by Wiltshire Council to determine future planning applications in Chippenham.”

The Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, Councillor Nick Murry, said:

The positive endorsement of the Neighbourhood Plan by the local community is testament to the ‘bottom up’ approach of the Plan, involving community surveys, public consultations and the gathering of evidence by local community topic group volunteers to underpin the 22 planning policies in the Plan. We have been ambitious with the Plan and in some areas, like our policy on net zero carbon development, have really pushed the boundaries of what a neighbourhood plan can achieve. Policies include giving stronger protection to 48 green spaces in the town, requiring wildlife measures to be incorporated in new development and ensuring that new development improves existing cycle paths and new cycle connections amongst many other things. I would like to thank all of those involved in helping to create and shape the Plan.”