Chippenham’s MP says she will continue to voice opposition and seek “radical change” over proposed housing numbers.

In a letter to former leader of Wiltshire Council Philip Whitehead, Michelle Donelan MP threatened to withdraw her support of the HIF bid and Future Chippenham project if her reassurances were not met.

According to the MP, she had repeatedly asked for improvements in Chippenham town centre and was told the £75m grant would offer this but has come out to say these assurances had not been met by Wiltshire Council.

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“7,500 houses is a massive amount of new homes to expect Chippenham to take and I have not been given the assurances I sought regarding infrastructure and investment in the town," the MP said.

"It is important that the interests of Chippenham’s current residents are prioritised - yes we do need more affordable homes for families and young people to stay in the town but we certainly do not need 7500. 

"I have been working with the council making this view clear and voicing my opposition to the current plans and seeking radical change.

"Now more than ever we all appreciate the beautiful countryside around our town and we must preserve it for future generations.”