Trowbridge council wants derelict Peter Black site cleared
11:00am Monday 25th July 2011 in Latest News
Another derelict Trowbridge factory could be flattened if Wiltshire Council gets its way with the former Peter Black toiletries factory.
The site, off County Way and opposite the Tesco super store, could be demolished if Wiltshire Council is successful in an application for a demolition order that it is preparing.
Trowbridge councillor Graham Payne called on Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott to act over the eyesore after its owners, Parkridge, failed to develop the site.
Cllr Scott said: “I am meeting a large number of people to talk about all of the sites like Peter Black in Trowbridge to see if we can get a joined-up approach to drive forward redevelopment. We are having a meeting in the coming week to try and work out what is the best way to do this. “I would love to have a demolition order on the Peter Black site. I can’t promise anything and a demolition order will not happen overnight but we will be doing what we can working with Transforming Trowbridge and with the town council to see how we can move the site on for the best.”
It is not the first time that potential redevelopment of Trowbridge’s derelict factories has hit the headlines. In 2008, an outline planning application for the proposed Waterside development was approved by West Wiltshire District Council, to include a library, cinema, ten-pin bowling, hotel and restaurants.
The plan never materialised and the announcement that Waitrose wanted the Peter Black site also failed to transpire. Ken McCall, of the Campaign for a Better Trowbridge, says sites like Peter Black should also be considered for housing.
Mr McCall said: “The council is telling us through its Core Strategy that we need more houses in Trowbridge. If this is the case then we should look at existing sites rather than building on our green fields.”
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