Coming soon to Trowbridge – building work at Bowyers

This Is Wiltshire: delighted Angus Horner from Prorsus stands outside the old Bowyers factory, which his company can now develop delighted Angus Horner from Prorsus stands outside the old Bowyers factory, which his company can now develop

It's lights, camera, action for a second cinema for Trowbridge, with the demolition of the former Bowyers factory site expected to start soon.

The Planning Inspectorate has given permission for developer Prorsus to build an eight-screen Cineworld, a Morrisons supermarket, six restaurants and a pub on the derelict Bowyers land as part of a £46m scheme known as Innox Riverside.

The developer is currently seeking contractors to carry out the project and demolition is expected to start on the existing buildings in the coming weeks, with the whole scheme creating around 400 jobs. No completion date for the project has been set and Prorsus say plans will be outlined next month.

Angus Horner, Prorsus managing director, said: “We’ll be doing all we can to get Innox Riverside up and running as fast as we can, but I can’t give a date when it’ll open at this stage as formal discussions need to take place.”

Planning inspector David Nicholson released a report on Monday overturning Wilt-shire Council’s rejection of Prorsus’ proposals in June 2012. This followed a three-day planning appeal at Trow-bridge Civic Centre earlier this month.

Mr Horner said: “I massively care about this project, but it’s the people of Trowbridge who deserve the pat on the back and should be pictured on the front page as their commitment has been unbelievable.”

When Wiltshire Council rejected the Bowyers plans around 400 supporters of the regeneration marched through Trowbridge, from the site to County Hall, in protest.

A Facebook group in support of Prorsus’ plans was set up and members of the public also gave their backing to the proposals during a three-day planning appeal.

Campaigner Rebecca Millard, a Trowbridge resident, said: “This is absolutely amazing news, I’m over the moon and I think it is brilliant that the planning inspector understood how strong the public support was.”

In February 2013, Prorsus saw plans for a ‘reserve’ application – which replaced the cinema with an unspecified leisure facility and added a petrol station – accepted by Wiltshire Council.

As part of this permission, the developer had already started working on the Bowyers site while awaiting the outcome of the appeal into their preferred scheme.

Wiltshire and Trowbridge Town Councillor John Knight said: “Prorsus’ legal team were brilliant, but the members of the public who came down to every meeting deserve a pat on the back as they must have had an influence on the inspector.

“This is a victory for people power.”

The new Cineworld will be competition to the Odeon which opened in November as part of the £17m St Stephens Place development.

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11:36am Sat 1 Feb 14

Norris1967 says...

Pure madness, why not have a ten pin bowling and ice skating complex.
Pure madness, why not have a ten pin bowling and ice skating complex. Norris1967
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Sat 1 Feb 14

trow paint says...

Norris1967 wrote:
Pure madness, why not have a ten pin bowling and ice skating complex.
If you have £46m in your back pocket you can have what you like, as its an investment They would like a return on their money.
[quote][p][bold]Norris1967[/bold] wrote: Pure madness, why not have a ten pin bowling and ice skating complex.[/p][/quote]If you have £46m in your back pocket you can have what you like, as its an investment They would like a return on their money. trow paint
  • Score: 9

3:10pm Sat 1 Feb 14

brandx says...

I wonder what will built and open first - supermarket or cinema?

Who will be the contractors?
I wonder what will built and open first - supermarket or cinema? Who will be the contractors? brandx
  • Score: -1

3:45am Sun 2 Feb 14

AMVanquish007 says...

Here is a post from Trowbridge friend which says it all

If I hear another idiot saying "another cinema isn't a good idea, there are still vacant units near the Odeon" I am going to go mad. At the weekends The Odeon is packed to the roof, even though the selection of films is poor, they play it safe with just the blockbusters, the film times are few are far between. The restaurants are also full to the roof, you need to book over a week in advance for a table on a weekend. Prezzo and Nandos have queues running out into the car park. We and our neighboring towns obviously need both cinemas and all the restaurants that are planned. The reason there are empty units has nothing to do with the profitability of the units. So unless you work in the industry or have a masters degree in economics, then keep your fantasies and ideas to yourself!
And as for the people complaining that we have already got terrible traffic congestion over by Stallard roundabout and by the station at rush hours and Saturday morning. You need to get out more. Go and visit any town and you will see just how lucky we are in Trowbridge. If a 5 minute hold up during rush hour getting through Trowbridge was the biggest deal then you live a very sheltered life. It is 2014, most people have a car, traffic congestion is part of life, get used to it . if you want a Town with very little traffic, go and move out to the country. You cant have all these great facilities without a little sacrifice.

My last rant is to all the people who want a bowling alley. When you win the lottery and want to spend it on a whimsical business venture that will never break even, then go ahead. These developers are investing a lot of money, the only way they can stay in business is by investing it in profitable businesses. If Hollywood bowl want to come to Trowbridge then they would have been party to all these discussions. In three or four years time when Trowbridge is a Entertainment Hub with 10's of thousands of visitors coming every month, then who knows, maybe we will have a Bowling alley being built somewhere in Trowbridge.


I expect the opening to be around Christmas 2015
Here is a post from Trowbridge friend which says it all If I hear another idiot saying "another cinema isn't a good idea, there are still vacant units near the Odeon" I am going to go mad. At the weekends The Odeon is packed to the roof, even though the selection of films is poor, they play it safe with just the blockbusters, the film times are few are far between. The restaurants are also full to the roof, you need to book over a week in advance for a table on a weekend. Prezzo and Nandos have queues running out into the car park. We and our neighboring towns obviously need both cinemas and all the restaurants that are planned. The reason there are empty units has nothing to do with the profitability of the units. So unless you work in the industry or have a masters degree in economics, then keep your fantasies and ideas to yourself! And as for the people complaining that we have already got terrible traffic congestion over by Stallard roundabout and by the station at rush hours and Saturday morning. You need to get out more. Go and visit any town and you will see just how lucky we are in Trowbridge. If a 5 minute hold up during rush hour getting through Trowbridge was the biggest deal then you live a very sheltered life. It is 2014, most people have a car, traffic congestion is part of life, get used to it . if you want a Town with very little traffic, go and move out to the country. You cant have all these great facilities without a little sacrifice. My last rant is to all the people who want a bowling alley. When you win the lottery and want to spend it on a whimsical business venture that will never break even, then go ahead. These developers are investing a lot of money, the only way they can stay in business is by investing it in profitable businesses. If Hollywood bowl want to come to Trowbridge then they would have been party to all these discussions. In three or four years time when Trowbridge is a Entertainment Hub with 10's of thousands of visitors coming every month, then who knows, maybe we will have a Bowling alley being built somewhere in Trowbridge. I expect the opening to be around Christmas 2015 AMVanquish007
  • Score: 10

9:34am Sun 2 Feb 14

Room101 says...

Good luck with all the BIGGER traffic queues. It gets bad enough now at times.
Good luck with all the BIGGER traffic queues. It gets bad enough now at times. Room101
  • Score: -1

5:17pm Sun 2 Feb 14

brandx says...

I am so glad that people are now talking sense about these bowling alley and ice rink pipe dream schemes. Currently these are uneconomicand are unlikely to get financial backing.

Some backers believe Trowbridge can cope with both St Stephens and Innox Mill. So let them battle it out and hopefully the ordinary punter may be the winner. I await the outcome with great interest.
I am so glad that people are now talking sense about these bowling alley and ice rink pipe dream schemes. Currently these are uneconomicand are unlikely to get financial backing. Some backers believe Trowbridge can cope with both St Stephens and Innox Mill. So let them battle it out and hopefully the ordinary punter may be the winner. I await the outcome with great interest. brandx
  • Score: 8

9:10am Mon 3 Feb 14

garybillington says...

I'm no business expert and I'm sure Cineworld have done their homework, but I've spoken to a lot of people recently and none of them think Trowbridge needs another cinema. I also can't find anyone who thinks we need another supermarket.

I don't know if bowling/skating would have been the answer (I certainly wouldn't become a regular customer), but at least they'd be something different.
I'm no business expert and I'm sure Cineworld have done their homework, but I've spoken to a lot of people recently and none of them think Trowbridge needs another cinema. I also can't find anyone who thinks we need another supermarket. I don't know if bowling/skating would have been the answer (I certainly wouldn't become a regular customer), but at least they'd be something different. garybillington
  • Score: 1

8:12am Wed 5 Feb 14

jigsaw 5 says...

Christie Millers got a bowling set up, yet no one goes there!! What chance does a new centre in Trowbridge have???
Christie Millers got a bowling set up, yet no one goes there!! What chance does a new centre in Trowbridge have??? jigsaw 5
  • Score: 5

10:03am Wed 5 Feb 14

granperkins says...

Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?
Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco? granperkins
  • Score: 15

8:00am Thu 6 Feb 14

frankie007 says...

granperkins wrote:
Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?
No you're not. Makes me laugh when they give out those 5p a litre off vouchers. Brings it down to only 2p more than I pay at the Esso garage in Chippenham, and I still get clubcard points.
[quote][p][bold]granperkins[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?[/p][/quote]No you're not. Makes me laugh when they give out those 5p a litre off vouchers. Brings it down to only 2p more than I pay at the Esso garage in Chippenham, and I still get clubcard points. frankie007
  • Score: 3

8:53am Thu 6 Feb 14

brandx says...

Yes, petrol station is key for Bowyers site. On that matter competition in Trowbridge is absolutely important. Deliver that and Angus Horner will win lots of friends.
Yes, petrol station is key for Bowyers site. On that matter competition in Trowbridge is absolutely important. Deliver that and Angus Horner will win lots of friends. brandx
  • Score: 2

9:11am Thu 6 Feb 14

D@ve says...

frankie007 wrote:
granperkins wrote: Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?
No you're not. Makes me laugh when they give out those 5p a litre off vouchers. Brings it down to only 2p more than I pay at the Esso garage in Chippenham, and I still get clubcard points.
But the reason Esso is cheap is because of the competition. Look at frome - Asda and Sainsbury's garages are located in the town and petrol is dirt cheap.

Tesco Trowbridge is one of the most expensive supermarket garages i know!
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]granperkins[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?[/p][/quote]No you're not. Makes me laugh when they give out those 5p a litre off vouchers. Brings it down to only 2p more than I pay at the Esso garage in Chippenham, and I still get clubcard points.[/p][/quote]But the reason Esso is cheap is because of the competition. Look at frome - Asda and Sainsbury's garages are located in the town and petrol is dirt cheap. Tesco Trowbridge is one of the most expensive supermarket garages i know! D@ve
  • Score: 5

11:11am Thu 6 Feb 14

BathBadger says...

Anyone know if some of the screens at Odeon are flooded out again? Just had the Weekly 'Cinemail' from them and only 8 movies on from 7th as opposed to the average of 16. With the showing times looks like only 2 or 3 screens are being used.
Anyone know if some of the screens at Odeon are flooded out again? Just had the Weekly 'Cinemail' from them and only 8 movies on from 7th as opposed to the average of 16. With the showing times looks like only 2 or 3 screens are being used. BathBadger
  • Score: 0

12:25pm Thu 6 Feb 14

frankie007 says...

D@ve wrote:
frankie007 wrote:
granperkins wrote: Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?
No you're not. Makes me laugh when they give out those 5p a litre off vouchers. Brings it down to only 2p more than I pay at the Esso garage in Chippenham, and I still get clubcard points.
But the reason Esso is cheap is because of the competition. Look at frome - Asda and Sainsbury's garages are located in the town and petrol is dirt cheap.

Tesco Trowbridge is one of the most expensive supermarket garages i know!
Isn't that what the rest of us have been saying?
[quote][p][bold]D@ve[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]granperkins[/bold] wrote: Am I the only one who thinks we desperately need another petrol station to compete with Tesco?[/p][/quote]No you're not. Makes me laugh when they give out those 5p a litre off vouchers. Brings it down to only 2p more than I pay at the Esso garage in Chippenham, and I still get clubcard points.[/p][/quote]But the reason Esso is cheap is because of the competition. Look at frome - Asda and Sainsbury's garages are located in the town and petrol is dirt cheap. Tesco Trowbridge is one of the most expensive supermarket garages i know![/p][/quote]Isn't that what the rest of us have been saying? frankie007
  • Score: 6

9:45pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PCS_Wilts says...

AMVanquish007 wrote:
Here is a post from Trowbridge friend which says it all

If I hear another idiot saying "another cinema isn't a good idea, there are still vacant units near the Odeon" I am going to go mad. At the weekends The Odeon is packed to the roof, even though the selection of films is poor, they play it safe with just the blockbusters, the film times are few are far between. The restaurants are also full to the roof, you need to book over a week in advance for a table on a weekend. Prezzo and Nandos have queues running out into the car park. We and our neighboring towns obviously need both cinemas and all the restaurants that are planned. The reason there are empty units has nothing to do with the profitability of the units. So unless you work in the industry or have a masters degree in economics, then keep your fantasies and ideas to yourself!
And as for the people complaining that we have already got terrible traffic congestion over by Stallard roundabout and by the station at rush hours and Saturday morning. You need to get out more. Go and visit any town and you will see just how lucky we are in Trowbridge. If a 5 minute hold up during rush hour getting through Trowbridge was the biggest deal then you live a very sheltered life. It is 2014, most people have a car, traffic congestion is part of life, get used to it . if you want a Town with very little traffic, go and move out to the country. You cant have all these great facilities without a little sacrifice.

My last rant is to all the people who want a bowling alley. When you win the lottery and want to spend it on a whimsical business venture that will never break even, then go ahead. These developers are investing a lot of money, the only way they can stay in business is by investing it in profitable businesses. If Hollywood bowl want to come to Trowbridge then they would have been party to all these discussions. In three or four years time when Trowbridge is a Entertainment Hub with 10's of thousands of visitors coming every month, then who knows, maybe we will have a Bowling alley being built somewhere in Trowbridge.


I expect the opening to be around Christmas 2015
So now there is a traffic problem, a few weeks back you were adamant there wasn't. However, its worth it because you have your second cinema and everyone else can just put up with it - so long as you, Richard and the gang are happy hey Mike...

I do think you're all rejoicing a little too much - time will tell. Couple or three years at least yet but we shall see how "amazing" the site is for Trowbridge as a whole.
[quote][p][bold]AMVanquish007[/bold] wrote: Here is a post from Trowbridge friend which says it all If I hear another idiot saying "another cinema isn't a good idea, there are still vacant units near the Odeon" I am going to go mad. At the weekends The Odeon is packed to the roof, even though the selection of films is poor, they play it safe with just the blockbusters, the film times are few are far between. The restaurants are also full to the roof, you need to book over a week in advance for a table on a weekend. Prezzo and Nandos have queues running out into the car park. We and our neighboring towns obviously need both cinemas and all the restaurants that are planned. The reason there are empty units has nothing to do with the profitability of the units. So unless you work in the industry or have a masters degree in economics, then keep your fantasies and ideas to yourself! And as for the people complaining that we have already got terrible traffic congestion over by Stallard roundabout and by the station at rush hours and Saturday morning. You need to get out more. Go and visit any town and you will see just how lucky we are in Trowbridge. If a 5 minute hold up during rush hour getting through Trowbridge was the biggest deal then you live a very sheltered life. It is 2014, most people have a car, traffic congestion is part of life, get used to it . if you want a Town with very little traffic, go and move out to the country. You cant have all these great facilities without a little sacrifice. My last rant is to all the people who want a bowling alley. When you win the lottery and want to spend it on a whimsical business venture that will never break even, then go ahead. These developers are investing a lot of money, the only way they can stay in business is by investing it in profitable businesses. If Hollywood bowl want to come to Trowbridge then they would have been party to all these discussions. In three or four years time when Trowbridge is a Entertainment Hub with 10's of thousands of visitors coming every month, then who knows, maybe we will have a Bowling alley being built somewhere in Trowbridge. I expect the opening to be around Christmas 2015[/p][/quote]So now there is a traffic problem, a few weeks back you were adamant there wasn't. However, its worth it because you have your second cinema and everyone else can just put up with it - so long as you, Richard and the gang are happy hey Mike... I do think you're all rejoicing a little too much - time will tell. Couple or three years at least yet but we shall see how "amazing" the site is for Trowbridge as a whole. PCS_Wilts
  • Score: 0

10:55pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BathBadger says...

PCS_Wilts wrote:
AMVanquish007 wrote:
Here is a post from Trowbridge friend which says it all

If I hear another idiot saying "another cinema isn't a good idea, there are still vacant units near the Odeon" I am going to go mad. At the weekends The Odeon is packed to the roof, even though the selection of films is poor, they play it safe with just the blockbusters, the film times are few are far between. The restaurants are also full to the roof, you need to book over a week in advance for a table on a weekend. Prezzo and Nandos have queues running out into the car park. We and our neighboring towns obviously need both cinemas and all the restaurants that are planned. The reason there are empty units has nothing to do with the profitability of the units. So unless you work in the industry or have a masters degree in economics, then keep your fantasies and ideas to yourself!
And as for the people complaining that we have already got terrible traffic congestion over by Stallard roundabout and by the station at rush hours and Saturday morning. You need to get out more. Go and visit any town and you will see just how lucky we are in Trowbridge. If a 5 minute hold up during rush hour getting through Trowbridge was the biggest deal then you live a very sheltered life. It is 2014, most people have a car, traffic congestion is part of life, get used to it . if you want a Town with very little traffic, go and move out to the country. You cant have all these great facilities without a little sacrifice.

My last rant is to all the people who want a bowling alley. When you win the lottery and want to spend it on a whimsical business venture that will never break even, then go ahead. These developers are investing a lot of money, the only way they can stay in business is by investing it in profitable businesses. If Hollywood bowl want to come to Trowbridge then they would have been party to all these discussions. In three or four years time when Trowbridge is a Entertainment Hub with 10's of thousands of visitors coming every month, then who knows, maybe we will have a Bowling alley being built somewhere in Trowbridge.


I expect the opening to be around Christmas 2015
So now there is a traffic problem, a few weeks back you were adamant there wasn't. However, its worth it because you have your second cinema and everyone else can just put up with it - so long as you, Richard and the gang are happy hey Mike...

I do think you're all rejoicing a little too much - time will tell. Couple or three years at least yet but we shall see how "amazing" the site is for Trowbridge as a whole.
Post was from Trowbridge Friend, quoted by Mike, Shaun, what's the problem?
[quote][p][bold]PCS_Wilts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AMVanquish007[/bold] wrote: Here is a post from Trowbridge friend which says it all If I hear another idiot saying "another cinema isn't a good idea, there are still vacant units near the Odeon" I am going to go mad. At the weekends The Odeon is packed to the roof, even though the selection of films is poor, they play it safe with just the blockbusters, the film times are few are far between. The restaurants are also full to the roof, you need to book over a week in advance for a table on a weekend. Prezzo and Nandos have queues running out into the car park. We and our neighboring towns obviously need both cinemas and all the restaurants that are planned. The reason there are empty units has nothing to do with the profitability of the units. So unless you work in the industry or have a masters degree in economics, then keep your fantasies and ideas to yourself! And as for the people complaining that we have already got terrible traffic congestion over by Stallard roundabout and by the station at rush hours and Saturday morning. You need to get out more. Go and visit any town and you will see just how lucky we are in Trowbridge. If a 5 minute hold up during rush hour getting through Trowbridge was the biggest deal then you live a very sheltered life. It is 2014, most people have a car, traffic congestion is part of life, get used to it . if you want a Town with very little traffic, go and move out to the country. You cant have all these great facilities without a little sacrifice. My last rant is to all the people who want a bowling alley. When you win the lottery and want to spend it on a whimsical business venture that will never break even, then go ahead. These developers are investing a lot of money, the only way they can stay in business is by investing it in profitable businesses. If Hollywood bowl want to come to Trowbridge then they would have been party to all these discussions. In three or four years time when Trowbridge is a Entertainment Hub with 10's of thousands of visitors coming every month, then who knows, maybe we will have a Bowling alley being built somewhere in Trowbridge. I expect the opening to be around Christmas 2015[/p][/quote]So now there is a traffic problem, a few weeks back you were adamant there wasn't. However, its worth it because you have your second cinema and everyone else can just put up with it - so long as you, Richard and the gang are happy hey Mike... I do think you're all rejoicing a little too much - time will tell. Couple or three years at least yet but we shall see how "amazing" the site is for Trowbridge as a whole.[/p][/quote]Post was from Trowbridge Friend, quoted by Mike, Shaun, what's the problem? BathBadger
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PCS_Wilts says...

Seems to me Mike is agreeing Richard - was that not the point of him relaying the quote?
Seems to me Mike is agreeing Richard - was that not the point of him relaying the quote? PCS_Wilts
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BathBadger says...

Only he will know if he is agreeing line by line, i think it's more of the principle. Even we agree in principle in getting the site developed. We might need a 2nd Cinema the way things are going. Been to the Odeon tonight, and if you want to watch anything in screens 1 to 3, you'd need a lifejacket!
Only he will know if he is agreeing line by line, i think it's more of the principle. Even we agree in principle in getting the site developed. We might need a 2nd Cinema the way things are going. Been to the Odeon tonight, and if you want to watch anything in screens 1 to 3, you'd need a lifejacket! BathBadger
  • Score: 1

11:06pm Fri 7 Feb 14

PCS_Wilts says...

I'm sure the Bowyers site will need some snaggin after it opens...
I'm sure the Bowyers site will need some snaggin after it opens... PCS_Wilts
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Fri 7 Feb 14

BathBadger says...

Hopefully not lifeboats though
Hopefully not lifeboats though BathBadger
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

brandx says...

Which of the two granted planning permissions is going to be built?

Or will it be a combination of the two - then we will need a further planning permission.

When will the traffic condition of the appeal permission be satisfied?
Which of the two granted planning permissions is going to be built? Or will it be a combination of the two - then we will need a further planning permission. When will the traffic condition of the appeal permission be satisfied? brandx
  • Score: 0

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