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Wiltshire Local Growth Fund projects

Frequently asked questions about Wiltshire-based regeneration projects

Find out more about Wiltshire Local Growth Fund projects with our frequently asked questions, including:

Chippenham station hub

The scheme includes the potential enhancement of station facilities, including increased car parking, railway crossing provision, commercial development, and public realm improvements.

  • Phase 1 will include access improvements and enhancement of station facilities.
  • Further phases will include increased car parking, commercial development, and public realm improvements.
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Phase 1 of the Chippenham Station Hub scheme will include the installation of ticket barriers, improvements to the ticket hall and café, forecourt works, access improvements, and the installation of the northern side lift to provide step-free access to the central platform. Some aspects of Phase 1 scheme are scheduled to commence works in the autumn of 2017. Phase 1 will require approval from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Department for Transport prior to the commencement of works.

A timeline for the construction of further phases of the scheme will be developed later this year. Details will be added here once available.

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Phase 1 (once approved) will be completed using retained funding (see below) from the Department for Transport and funding from Great Western Railway. 

The overall scheme received a conditional funding allocation from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) of £16m in July 2014. Additional funding will also need to be sought from the private and public sectors. Project costs will be developed as part of the production of the Outline Business Case which is scheduled for completion later this year.

The project has been designated as a ‘Retained Scheme’, which means that additional requirements and conditions have to be met in order for grant funding to be provided by the Department for Transport. This therefore means that the scheme will only be provided with the £16m allocation if it achieves the required approvals from the Department For Transport.

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A public consultation event will be organised to provide further details on the project phases. Dates and location will be added here when available. In addition to this, the scheme was presented to the Chippenham Area Board on the 13 March 2017 and the 26 June 2017. Planning applications for the scheme will be developed and submitted which will involve additional rounds of public consultation.

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The number of spaces and type of car park will be developed as part of the Outline Business Case phase, which is planned to be completed later this year.

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Transport/traffic modelling will be undertaken as part of the Outline Business Case stage of scheme development, which is planned to be completed later this year.

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As stated above, Phase 1 plans to improve station facilities and accessibility.

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Corsham Mansion House

The project aims to demolish the now disused library building and extend the capacity of and renovate the Mansion House building. The redevelopment will transform Corsham’s Mansion House into a digital innovation and business incubation hub

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The works programme will be communicated after the planning phase is completed. The works on the Mansion House are currently expected to last between nine and 12 months.

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The estimated project cost of £2.5m is funded via the Local Growth Fund, which is administered by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).

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Planning applications to transform Corsham’s Mansion House into a digital innovation and business incubation hub were submitted in November 2016. These planning applications included a period of public consultation. 

In addition to this, presentations have also been made to the Corsham Area Board and Corsham Town Council.

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The proposed extension will: 

  • Provide the opportunity to link the extension and Mansion House on two levels
  • Allow the inclusion a new lift to aid disabled access to upper floors.
  • Create a single unified building
  • Provide more parking space
  • Improve accessibility to the site
  • Create appropriate spaces to support the proposed use of the building
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The Mansion House will be able to deliver a number of options for small and start-up businesses – please contact econdev@wiltshire.gov.uk for further details.

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Please contact econdev@wiltshire.gov.uk for further details.

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Porton Science Park

The project involves the delivery of the first phase of Porton Science Park, comprising of laboratory and office space totalling 3,950 sq.m. for companies in or strongly linked with the health and life sciences sector. The project also includes construction of services and utilities infrastructure.  

The Science Park is part of the Porton Science Campus, home to the Defence Science Technology Laboratory and Public Health England.

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Construction of phase 1 commenced in October 2016 and is due to be completed in December 2017.

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The project has a total budget of £9.6m. Phase 1 is funded by Wiltshire Council (£2.6m), the Local Growth Fund (£4m) via the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and European Regional Development Funding (£3m) via the European Structural and Investment Fund.

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The delivery of a Science Park at the Porton campus to support and evolve the established science base and research activity at Porton and in the surrounding area has been a long-standing goal of Wiltshire Council and Partners.

Public consultation has taken place through the planning application process.

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Please contact Russell Frith on 01264 848311 or castledown@theenterprisenetwork.co.uk for further details.

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The Science Park will be able to deliver a wide range of accommodation options for start-up businesses – please contact Russell Frith on 01264 848311 or castledown@theenterprisenetwork.co.uk for further details.

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When all phases are complete, the Science Park could create up to 2,000 new, high value jobs as well as providing a focal point and platform for innovation, research and development in the health and life sciences in Wiltshire and the wider area. 

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Enquiries are welcomed (contact Scott.Anderson@wiltshire.gov.uk) from businesses or developers interested in further phases of development on the 10 Hectare site, benefiting from close association with the Porton scientific community. The council and its partners plan to commence development of a second incubator building and grow on space around 2020.

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Wiltshire Council owns the Science Park on a very long leasehold from Dstl.

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Yarnbrook West Ashton relief road

Construction of a relief road from the A350 in the Yarnbrook and West Ashton area located to the south-east of Trowbridge.

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Details of works will be provided once the planning application is determined.

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The total costs of the road are currently being reviewed to take into account the identified ecological mitigation requirements.

£5.5m is being provided via the Local Growth Fund which is administered by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).

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A planning application was submitted in May 2015 which including a phase of public consultation.

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No consideration has been given to road surfacing materials at this stage. It may be anticipated that the road surface material will be a hot rolled asphalt, similar to that used on the Hilperton relief road.

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Appropriate and safe traffic management measures will be set up to reduce the impact of scheme construction as much as possible. Inevitably, however, there will be some disruption to traffic especially at peak times.

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The current A350 will be stopped up and be used for access only.

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The road will be designed to minimise impacts on wildlife, particularly bats. Lighting levels will be minimised and underpasses provided will allow wildlife to cross the road safely. Stopping up of the current A350 will also reduce the impacts of that section of the road.

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Central Car Park and Maltings regeneration scheme


This will be based upon a masterplan-led approach that will provide a blueprint for comprehensive regeneration to include improving links to the historic city centre and the revitalisation of the city’s cultural quarter that includes the central Library, Salisbury Playhouse and City Hall.

The regeneration of the Central Car Park and Maltings area in the heart of Salisbury City Centre.  Uses may include retail, leisure and residential along with associated parking to support and enhance the continued vitality of the city. 

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The central car park lies in the heart of Salisbury City centre and has long been recognised as an under-used asset to the city.  The Maltings shopping centre is also increasingly dated and in need of up-grading to modern standards.  There are also significant opportunities to enhance the public realm and visitor experience to Salisbury in this riverside location.

The city has and continues to experience pressures from edge and out of centre retailing due to a lack of availability of city centre sites.  Competition from competing towns and the significant change in the last decade of shopping patterns mean that the city must adapt and grow to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future. This site offers a fantastic opportunity for the city to address these issues and facilitate for this growth that will serve to reduce the loss of retail and leisure spend to other competing centres. 

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That will be determined by market demand.  It is expected to include a mix of shops, leisure and residential uses in line with the Council’s planning policy for the site.  Leisure uses may include cinema, restaurants and a hotel.

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Details on the works programme are not yet confirmed however it is anticipated that a masterplan-led planning application will be submitted in 2018. It is anticipated that the first phase of development will be completed towards the end of 2020.

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Early estimates indicate a gross development value in excess of £80 million.

£6.06m is being provided via the Local Growth Fund which is administered by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP). The costs of development will met by the developer / private sector.

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Extensive consultation on the principle of development has already taken place as part of the Wiltshire Core Strategy where the redevelopment is allocated under Core Policy 21. A number of presentations and public exhibitions have also taken place over the last few years.

Further rounds of consultation will take place both prior to and after the submission of the planning application providing opportunity for the public to comment on the proposals as they emerge.

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Car parking will be provided to ensure that accessibility for people coming to Salisbury for leisure and shopping purposes is maintained. Parking provision will be managed in line with policy PS2 of Wiltshire’s Local Transport Plan 3.

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Based on the quantity of commercial floorspace to be provided, the regeneration scheme is estimated to create in the region of 620 jobs.

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Last updated: 17 October 2017 | Last reviewed: 17 October 2017