High Court judge postpones ruling on Future Chippenham judicial review

A DECISION on the Future Chippenham project has been postponed by a High Court judge.

Wiltshire Council defended a challenge to the Scheme, a residential development scheme to the south of the town, at a hearing today (Thursday May 26).

As part of the Future Chippenham project, Wiltshire Council wants to build a distribution road in the south of the town, along with around 4,200 homes.

Critics say the council has ignored the results of its own consultation, and that: “It is driven by an outdated ideology to build wasteful highways and suburban executive homes on precious green fields.”

A judge earlier this year gave permission to begin the process of legal review of the proceedings surrounding the project.

After hearing arguments from both parties involved, the High Court judge announced that he would reserve his decision and indicated that he hoped to get the decision in around three weeks.

Court documents were originally served on the council on October 20 on the grounds that the public should not have been excluded from part of the July 21, 2021 Cabinet meeting, which the council said it would consult on the proposals of the conceptual framework and didn’t, and that the board did not consult meaningfully on the final and abbreviated route south.

Councilor Richard Clewer, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “The council vigorously defended its position; we are pleased that the judge has now had the opportunity to hear our arguments and we now await the judge’s decision on this matter.