Chippenham Care Village Gets Go Ahead

A £22 million plan to redevelop Chippenham Golf Club and build a home for the elderly has been given to go ahead for Freeman Care. The clubhouse in Malmesbury Road will be demolished and 75 residential units and a 61-bed care home built.  Plans were approved unanimously by Wiltshire Council planning committee on 24 November 2010.   

Planning committee Councillor Peter Hutton said: “This is a unique opportunity for the community of Chippenham.   “Not only have we got the enhancement and improvements at the club, but we have got the benefit of the residential care.   “The golf club was looking to expand but couldn’t because it didn’t have the funding – this secures its future.”

Planning officers recommended rejecting the scheme saying the clubhouse was too large and that the development was outside the Chippenham planning boundary.  Councillors overruled them and passed the plan subject to a few legal agreements, which will improve nearby pathways and bus stops.   Graham Cowdrey, golf club executive chairman, said: “This will secure the future of the golf club for 100 years.  It’s something we have dreamt about over the last five years.”

Luke Freeman, joint managing director of the M F Freeman Group, said: “After several years of hard work our plans have now become real and we look forward to starting this project. This will be no ordinary care village, it will provide Chippenham with some of the best facilities in the country.”

The plans have been backed in the community, with 200 people writing in support.

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