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THE long-awaited plans for a redevelopment of Langley Park, which includes an Aldi foodstore, hotel and 400 homes, have been submitted to Wiltshire Council.
Under the plans a 69-bed hotel with café, discount foodstore and 400 homes would be built and known as King Alfred’s Gate.
There would also be new employment floor space and redevelopment for local employers such as Siemens, IXYS and Schneider.
Improvements would also be made to the Little George roundabout and B4069 and Pew Hill junction.
The redevelopment of Langley Park has been an on-going issue since 2013 when Wiltshire Council first approved plans for the site, after previous owners Ashtenne wanted to develop it before it was put up for sale in 2014.
Chippenham resident Roger Backway, of Old Hardenhuish Lane, said: “I think it looks like a good scheme.
“Originally when they were going to redevelop they were going to put a huge Asda store there but I didn’t think that was a good idea.
“It’s going to be a mixed development with not a huge shop and I think it’s good they’re putting a hotel there because it’s good for business people and tourists. I think most people seem to be reasonably in favour of the development.”
People now have until May 12 to comment on the plans before the application is brought before Wiltshire Council.
Should the plans be approved, construction is due to commence in January 2017 with the final residential completions expected in 2021.
Clive Wilding, UK property director for site owners MAS Real Estate, said: “We are delighted that after a year of design and pre-planning negotiations with Wiltshire Council, stakeholders and the local community that our proposals have been submitted for formal approval.
“We look forward to promoting Langley Park as a premier business location and to building much-needed housing on a brownfield site close to the town centre and station with a mix of housing types.”
The application was formally submitted at the start of April, following exhibitions in December last year and March this year to allow the public to view the draft plans. To view the plans, visit www.kingalfredsgate.com.