DLP (Planning) Ltd are pleased to announce we have been appointed by Wiltshire Council to provide consultancy services to manage, coordinate, prepare and submit an outline planning application on a large gateway site in central Trowbridge. AWW Architects will be working alongside DLP to prepare the masterplan for this application.
The 2.3 ha site known as ‘East Wing’ sits between the County Hall and the River Biss and was identified in the Trowbridge Masterplan as a ‘key opportunity site’ and a strategically important regeneration opportunity. The site is currently being used as a staff car park as Council offices previously occupying the site have been demolished. A large vacant building known as ‘Chapmans’ also remains but is to be demolished once an application has been approved.
The intention of the project will be to deliver a high quality, vibrant, mixed-use development which supports the vision for the town centre. Delivering this will require important decisions on a number of sensitive issues to ensure the project delivers something attractive to the Council and people of Trowbridge. The proposal is set to include a range of uses including a health care facility, leisure building, commercial and residential opportunities.
Development on the site involves the consideration of a number of constraints and opportunities specifically surrounding the potential layout and viable development options. This will require taking into account issues such as displacement of uses, viability, flood risk, heritage and conservation, sewers and drainage, trees, and ecology. The Council are also seeking for this development to promote an attractive route into the Centre of Trowbridge (including the location of a new pedestrian bridge), and maintaining future opportunities to open up the River Biss Corridor.
As with a number of similar projects the timetable for delivering this application is relatively tight, which will require effective proactive project management to make sure issues are addressed early and the Case Officer is provided with robust supporting information to ensure a timely decision is achieved.