Chippenham councillors voice concerns over Lyneham redevelopment (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Chippenham councillors voice concerns over Lyneham redevelopment
2:05pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
Town councillors in Chippenham have expressed concerns over plans to turn the former RAF Lyneham air base into a miliary training college.
They say they support the development but are surprised they were not consulted on such a major planning application which will impact on Chippenham in respect of the transport plan.
Lyneham will accommodate 5,300 trainees and personnel and the town council is concerned that transportation of high numbers of personnel will add pressure at peak times to Junction 17 and also to Chippenham railway station.
It also has concerns about proposals to move abnormal indivisible loads from the M4 via Chippenham to Lyneham and back again and has asked Wiltshire Council to ensure that conditions are put into place to ensure heavy equipment transports are moved during the night and the town council receive at least 14 days advance warning of planned movements.
The chairman of the town council’s planning committee, Coun Linda Packard, said: “The transportation of abnormal loads through the centre of Chippenham to Lyneham will not only result in disruption to traffic and closure of roads but also result in additional damage to the roads which as we all know are in a poor state of repair.”
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