Local Plan consultation begins

People in Chippenham will be able to have their say on the Local Plan, as the consultation begins on Wednesday 27 September, for eight weeks until Wednesday 22 November.

To enable as many people as possible to find out more about the Plan and how to submit representations, Wiltshire Council is holding an in-person drop-in session at the Olympiad on Tuesday 3 October, between 3pm and 7pm.

Cllr Nick Botterill, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, said: The Local Plan is very important as it sets out the vision and framework for housing, infrastructure and land for employment growth in Wiltshire for the next 15 years.

As we approach the end of the Local Plan process, it's very important that we get residents impressions, feedback and comments and so we're holding in-person events and an online event over the coming weeks.

These informal in person drop-in events are a chance to discuss the Plan with our planning officers and ask questions, and also find out how to comment on the Plan.

This Local Plan proposes to only build the homes we need during the Plan period up until 2038, with 36,740 homes to be built in Wiltshire, of which over 21,900 homes have already been built or are committed.

It also sets out ambitious sustainability policies, as new developments will have to meet zero carbon standards, improve biodiversity and also have cycling and walking connections.

The full schedule of events is as follows. People can read all of the Local Plan documents on the council's website and at the main council office in Monkton Park. The Plan will also be available in the town's library.