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Housing and business unit plans submitted for Innox Mills site

Plans for artisan business and co-working spaces among a development of 300 new homes have been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

The plans for Innox Mills include a mix of up to 300 high-quality houses and apartments, investment in the riverside, outdoor play areas for children, new links through the site to Trowbridge town centre.

Developers Innox Mills Ltd say the plans would regenerate a redundant brownfield site in the centre of Trowbridge that has laid derelict for 12 years.

Innox Mills has been identified in the Local Plan for Trowbridge as a regeneration priority.

“We want this to be a buzzing, sustainable quarter that contributes to the Council’s climate and ecology objectives, while supporting Trowbridge town centre and encouraging more people to spend time here – plus providing new jobs and opportunities for residents old and new,” said Jonathan Dean, director of Innox Mills Ltd.

Innox Mills Ltd acquired the site in 2016 and has been consulting with stakeholders and the general public over the past five years, exploring a wide range of land uses and opportunities, carrying out site investigation works and responding to the changing retail and economic situations.

“We’ve spent the last five years listening to lots of ideas and suggestions and working up the plans. Whilst some of them were unfortunately not workable, I’m delighted to say that many of the ideas are included in either the submitted application or are in the longer-term plans for Innox Mills,” said Jonathan.

“For example, the co-working space, potential rooftop bar and space for small independent businesses are just some of the options we feel are viable but also sustainable for the site and town.

Positive feedback from local businesses and residents has focused on the opportunities it will bring to Trowbridge, plus much-needed new housing bringing people into the town centre to live, whilst revitalising a derelict brownfield site.

Kez Gardner, chairman of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber of Commerce is delighted that Innox Mills is to be developed as beautiful commercial, leisure and residential space, with attention paid to good design, bat conservation, biodiversity and green environmental buildings.

“We are particularly glad to encourage the re-use of empty brownfield land here, which will help to revitalise and restore the County Town of Wiltshire to its former glory.”