Chippenham ‘garden village’ plans on display
12:00pm Friday 4th July 2014 in By Julie Armstrong, Senior reporter
Plans for 1,000 new homes at the proposed Rowden Park in Chippenham will be unveiled at a public consultation next week.
Crest Strategic Projects and Redcliffe Homes will reveal their proposal for what they are calling a “21st century garden village”, on Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11, in Chippenham Town Hall.
The plan is to establish a new community of 1,000 homes with gardens on tree-lined streets, to be built over a period of five years. The 38-hectare (94-acre) housing site is planned for between Rowden Lane and the A350, above the proposed Showell Farm employment site.
It would provide 38 per cent of the minimum 2,625 houses that need to be built in Chippenham by 2026, according to the revised Wiltshire core strategy.
The developers promise parking and open green spaces, a village centre with a community hall, shops, a primary school and sports pitches.
The proposal includes a new public riverside park of about 76 hectares (188 acres), covering the Rowden conservation area. This would run from Gypsy Lane and Avenue La Fleche, along the River Avon and to the back of the hospital, Rowden Road and Burleaze.
Developers are talking with the Borough Lands charity on the possibility of building a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the river, to improve the choice of walking and cycle routes across the town and potentially to Lackham College.
John Terry, managing director of Crest Strategic Projects, said: “Working with Redcliffe Homes, we plan to create an attractive and sustainable new community of contemporary homes which will offer the very best in quality design, alongside beautiful outdoor spaces and local amenities.”
Residents and interest groups are invited to view the proposals and submit comments to the developers, before they submit an application later this year.
The consultation will be in Chippenham Town Hall, on July 10 (3pm-8pm), and July 11 (11am–4pm). Details will be available at www.rowden parkchippenham.com later.
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