Controversial depot is given go-ahead in North Bradley

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A controversial planning application for an office and vehicle depot on a green field site near North Bradley has been approved by Wiltshire Council.


Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services was given permission for the office building with commercial vehicle storage and space for cleaning and preparation at Bradley Road, opposite Meridian Business Park, last week by the strategic planning committee.


The plan was opposed by North Bradley Parish Council, which said it would encroach into the buffer zone between the village and Trowbridge.


Parish council chairman Roger Evans said: “I think it’s disgusting. We’re very angry and disappointed that the local people, the villagers, aren’t having a say and affecting a decision which only affects us.


“It’s the thin end of the wedge. It’s a big multi-national firm, using money and clout.”


Mr Evans said he thought there were plenty of other suitable locations nearby.


Hitachi, which has its Trow-bridge base in Canal Road, says it has outgrown that site and needs a new home to continue to expand, with the North Bradley site the only suitable option.


The new development will have a raised woodland to help maintain the boundary between urban and rural areas.


An estimated 50 jobs are expected to be created by the move in the next few years, bringing the total to about 150.


Jon Lawes, managing director, Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Services, said: “The council was satisfied with our plans and affirmed the economic benefits for Trowbridge that comes with having a global business in the community.


“These benefits include future recruitment as we commit to jobs for local residents.
 

“We fulfilled all of the necessary obligations throughout the planning process and consulted members of the public.”

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6:36am Thu 20 Sep 12

Adam Hall says...

I don't understand what that Mr Evans is moaning about! 50 jobs? And a raised woodland? That's great news. For the environment and the local economy.
If he doesn't like it, he should move back to Wales.
I don't understand what that Mr Evans is moaning about! 50 jobs? And a raised woodland? That's great news. For the environment and the local economy. If he doesn't like it, he should move back to Wales. Adam Hall

8:46am Thu 20 Sep 12

moocherx says...

As far as I currently understand, the old Bowyers site - which is HUGE - has no plans for development. So why are greenfield sites being developed?
As far as I currently understand, the old Bowyers site - which is HUGE - has no plans for development. So why are greenfield sites being developed? moocherx

1:00am Fri 21 Sep 12

yeold6x says...

corporate money is in this decision, once again planners are not willing to listen ot the views of the people that elected them (look at Innox Riverside Depvelopment) and also prepared to throw the rule book out of the window if theres a quick buck to be made. Hitachi could look else where in the local area and find lots of more suitable sites, Virgin HQ and WW trading estate has several large suitable sites does it not?
corporate money is in this decision, once again planners are not willing to listen ot the views of the people that elected them (look at Innox Riverside Depvelopment) and also prepared to throw the rule book out of the window if theres a quick buck to be made. Hitachi could look else where in the local area and find lots of more suitable sites, Virgin HQ and WW trading estate has several large suitable sites does it not? yeold6x

1:33pm Fri 21 Sep 12

Trowbridge Tracey says...

I think this once again proves that planners really do not have any logic to their thinking. Innox would have created many jobs - but they turn it down and then create 50 jobs on a green field site! The Odeon site it meant to be up and running next year but ot appears there is very little work taking place. They have their own agenda and do not take into account resident views. People want to move away from Trowbridge, not stay here as what choice do they have when there are so few jobs being created.
I think this once again proves that planners really do not have any logic to their thinking. Innox would have created many jobs - but they turn it down and then create 50 jobs on a green field site! The Odeon site it meant to be up and running next year but ot appears there is very little work taking place. They have their own agenda and do not take into account resident views. People want to move away from Trowbridge, not stay here as what choice do they have when there are so few jobs being created. Trowbridge Tracey

6:10am Tue 25 Sep 12

pickleboy says...

trowbridge tracey where do you get your information from???
very little work taking place at the odeon site???
i think you need to take another look at the site as the work is steaming ahead
trowbridge tracey where do you get your information from??? very little work taking place at the odeon site??? i think you need to take another look at the site as the work is steaming ahead pickleboy

2:09pm Tue 2 Oct 12

PeterZahut says...

As a North Bradley resident, I am extremely proud that a multi-national company has decided to move in next door. More jobs = more money pumped into our local community, meaning that we all benefit.

I wish Mr Evans would represent all of the village, not just the old wrinklies who hate change, but love a good moan over tea and cake in the mornings.
As a North Bradley resident, I am extremely proud that a multi-national company has decided to move in next door. More jobs = more money pumped into our local community, meaning that we all benefit. I wish Mr Evans would represent all of the village, not just the old wrinklies who hate change, but love a good moan over tea and cake in the mornings. PeterZahut

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