Black Section SeparatorThe £75 million government deal to expand Chippenham is being scrapped due to rising costs. The money was used to help build the roads needed for thousands
Black Section SeparatorThe council said carrying on with the scheme would bring extremely difficult financial risk due to spiraling building costs. There are still questions about
Black Section SeparatorA new road looping around the southern and eastern parts of the town will allow for the construction of up to 7,000 new homes over the next few decades.
Black Section SeparatorFollowing a backlash against the development, the council scaled back its ambitions to just the southern section with around 4,000 homes.
Black Section SeparatorThere was no guarantee that Homes England would agree to a scaled-back proposal when the council needed to borrow tens of millions more to pull the scheme of
Black Section Separator“Chippenham was done-to, that’s what’s led to the bitterness and anger we’re living with now”, said a Liberal Democrat at the meeting.
Black Section SeparatorHelen Stride, who brought a legal challenge against the scheme, accused the council of wasting money on a road that the people of Chippenham did not want.
Black Section SeparatorIf Chippenham continues to grow at the rate previously predicted, it will become harder to find the money to build the infrastructure.
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