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South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

Trowbridge residents set to view Innox Mills development

September 12, 2019 5:56 PM
By John Baker in Wiltshire Times

THE Mayor of Trowbridge, Cllr David Cavill, has today welcomed plans to build 300 new homes and create scores of new jobs close to the town centre.

Residents will get the chance to see the plans when London-based property developers Innox Mills Ltd host a public exhibition from 3pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday at Trowbridge Civic Centre showcasing their draft proposals for the former Bowyers site.

Lib Dem Cllr Andrew Bryant said that, following Morrisons decision to pull out of a previous scheme about five years ago, he had wanted to see another large supermarket to challenge Tesco.

"Morrisons pulled out some years ago because they experienced a economic downturn and they closed some stores and stopped the development of others.

"I know the public would love to see a second cinema as well as a bowling alley but they are not financially viable."

He added: "I would like to see the town's retail and leisure offer expanding but we may be expecting too much in the current economic climate."

Jonathan Dean from Innox Mills said: "Over the last three years we've been exploring opportunities, listening to local feedback, talking to potential users, carrying out site investigation works and responding to the changing retail situation.

"Our vision is to create a vibrant new residential-led mixed-use quarter with around 300 new homes, a mix of food, leisure and employment; a convenience store, gym and potentially street markets and pop up stalls; places for families and friends to meet and enjoy, workspace, quality public realm and improved links connecting Trowbridge.

"We are now keen to share the developing plans and listen to feedback and people's thoughts.

"There is still a lot to do but we hope to be in a position to submit a planning application later this year/early next and subject to planning, hope to be able to start work in 2021."

It is understood that the housing element will be built in seven phases, with sales from one paying for the next phase of development.

Representatives from the project team will be on hand at the exhibition to answer questions and obtain feedback.

For more information, visit www.innoxmills.co.uk

https://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/17899125.bowyers-site-plans-set-unveiled/ Innox Mills