Bowyers site revised plan is submitted

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THE new-look planning application to redevelop the old Bowyers factory site in Trowbridge has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

The plans, announced in December, feature a petrol station, a Morrisons supermarket with 510 car parking spaces, two non-food shops, a family pub, two restaurants, two cafes.

They also have a 20,000sq ft gym instead of a cinema that was initially proposed.

Developer Prorsus has identified the application as a revision, or back-up plan, and not a replacement for its original cinema scheme, which was controversially rejected by Wiltshire Council last year.

As part of the application, Prorsus has agreed with the council to delay an appeal into the rejection of it first bid.

Wiltshire and Trowbridge councillor Graham Payne said: “Overall, I’m 100 per cent behind the application and the proposed £46m investment in Trowbridge.

“If we miss the boat here, I predict the town centre will suffer for the next 15 years.”

Wiltshire Council’s target date for assessing the application is February 11.

After the initial Prorsus plan was rejected, residents campaigned strongly in support of the proposal, holding a march in the town and setting up a Facebook group.

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10:25am Wed 23 Jan 13

PCS_Wilts says...

The plans look good although I think the council should enforce the "stage 2" and change the roundabout entrance to a "T" junction traffic light sequence. This will give better crossings for pedestrians.

The roundabout will only lead to pedestrians crossing at "desire lines" just like they do outside the Gateway shops.
The plans look good although I think the council should enforce the "stage 2" and change the roundabout entrance to a "T" junction traffic light sequence. This will give better crossings for pedestrians. The roundabout will only lead to pedestrians crossing at "desire lines" just like they do outside the Gateway shops. PCS_Wilts
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9:23am Thu 24 Jan 13

GP & JK GOT IT WRONG says...

Glad to see the first application ditched ,2 cinemas ( 15 screens) plus 15 restaurants was never sustainable ,glad planners and MOST councellors saw this .The re-introduction off the petrol station is a massive plus for the second application ,but still not convinced the mix is right !!!!!!
Glad to see the first application ditched ,2 cinemas ( 15 screens) plus 15 restaurants was never sustainable ,glad planners and MOST councellors saw this .The re-introduction off the petrol station is a massive plus for the second application ,but still not convinced the mix is right !!!!!! GP & JK GOT IT WRONG
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9:57am Thu 24 Jan 13

AMVanquish007 says...

Read the article
'Developer Prorsus has identified the application as a revision, or back-up plan, and not a replacement for its original cinema scheme'
Read the article 'Developer Prorsus has identified the application as a revision, or back-up plan, and not a replacement for its original cinema scheme' AMVanquish007
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12:30pm Thu 24 Jan 13

GP & JK GOT IT WRONG says...

Mike .Your very naive if you think you will see that application again. Fleure de Rhe Phillipe said at the refusal meeting ,This application is not closed we will work with the applicant to find something suitable to everyone .Basically get shot of the cinema and a few restaurants , so its not a duplicate of SSP and your in .. A few months later her we are ...... Id certainly put a few quid on this getting passed on Feb 11
Mike .Your very naive if you think you will see that application again. Fleure de Rhe Phillipe said at the refusal meeting ,This application is not closed we will work with the applicant to find something suitable to everyone .Basically get shot of the cinema and a few restaurants , so its not a duplicate of SSP and your in .. A few months later her we are ...... Id certainly put a few quid on this getting passed on Feb 11 GP & JK GOT IT WRONG
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1:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Trowrez says...

AMVanquish007 wrote:
Read the article 'Developer Prorsus has identified the application as a revision, or back-up plan, and not a replacement for its original cinema scheme'
Read the Planning Application Documents. There's a document basically stating that the only thing stopping this development being approved is the Cinema. hence the revised application that I'm certain will be approved even though no-ones wants a Gym in the D2 leisure building.
[quote][p][bold]AMVanquish007[/bold] wrote: Read the article 'Developer Prorsus has identified the application as a revision, or back-up plan, and not a replacement for its original cinema scheme'[/p][/quote]Read the Planning Application Documents. There's a document basically stating that the only thing stopping this development being approved is the Cinema. hence the revised application that I'm certain will be approved even though no-ones wants a Gym in the D2 leisure building. Trowrez
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5:43pm Thu 24 Jan 13

AMVanquish007 says...

2nd and final time
READ WHAT THE ARTICLE SAYS!!!!!!!
2nd and final time READ WHAT THE ARTICLE SAYS!!!!!!! AMVanquish007
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6:51pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Future Hopes for Trowbridge says...

GP & JK GOT IT WRONG wrote:
Glad to see the first application ditched ,2 cinemas ( 15 screens) plus 15 restaurants was never sustainable ,glad planners and MOST councellors saw this .The re-introduction off the petrol station is a massive plus for the second application ,but still not convinced the mix is right !!!!!!
GP AND JK DID NOT GET IT WRONG

Their interest & concern in this 46 million pound proposal by Prorsus is to see the gateway to Trowbridge developed, petrol station or cinema included, preferably both!
The first application has not been ditched it goes to appeal in just over 3 weeks time! Wiltshire Council are now willing to talk to Prorsus with the suggestion of dropping the cinema and include the Petrol Station and Gym.
Might it be something to do with the appeal!
[quote][p][bold]GP & JK GOT IT WRONG[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the first application ditched ,2 cinemas ( 15 screens) plus 15 restaurants was never sustainable ,glad planners and MOST councellors saw this .The re-introduction off the petrol station is a massive plus for the second application ,but still not convinced the mix is right !!!!!![/p][/quote]GP AND JK DID NOT GET IT WRONG Their interest & concern in this 46 million pound proposal by Prorsus is to see the gateway to Trowbridge developed, petrol station or cinema included, preferably both! The first application has not been ditched it goes to appeal in just over 3 weeks time! Wiltshire Council are now willing to talk to Prorsus with the suggestion of dropping the cinema and include the Petrol Station and Gym. Might it be something to do with the appeal! Future Hopes for Trowbridge
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7:12pm Thu 24 Jan 13

GP & JK GOT IT WRONG says...

Future Hopes for Trowbridge , i like that one Mike LOL
Future Hopes for Trowbridge , i like that one Mike LOL GP & JK GOT IT WRONG
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7:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

GP & JK GOT IT WRONG says...

The first application will never get to appeal because the second one will be passed .
The first application will never get to appeal because the second one will be passed . GP & JK GOT IT WRONG
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9:18pm Thu 24 Jan 13

PCS_Wilts says...

AMVanquish007 wrote:
2nd and final time
READ WHAT THE ARTICLE SAYS!!!!!!!
Do you really think that if the council were to give consent to the new application they would allow Prorsus to spend more public money pursuing the original plans? I think they would probably make dropping those plans some form of condition.
[quote][p][bold]AMVanquish007[/bold] wrote: 2nd and final time READ WHAT THE ARTICLE SAYS!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Do you really think that if the council were to give consent to the new application they would allow Prorsus to spend more public money pursuing the original plans? I think they would probably make dropping those plans some form of condition. PCS_Wilts
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9:24pm Thu 24 Jan 13

PCS_Wilts says...

The current plans have some concerns about the pedestrian crossings but nothing worthy of turning the plans down - these will be required to be ironed out after planning has been granted I suspect - then the original plans will be dead in the water.

Just because the plans have a "Gym" allocated as usage doesn't mean anyone would be willing to buy the lease to run a gym there. As far as I'm aware there is no company (well known or not) waiting in the wings on that one. We'll see what the future brings for that one. We might get a ten pin bowling alley yet.
The current plans have some concerns about the pedestrian crossings but nothing worthy of turning the plans down - these will be required to be ironed out after planning has been granted I suspect - then the original plans will be dead in the water. Just because the plans have a "Gym" allocated as usage doesn't mean anyone would be willing to buy the lease to run a gym there. As far as I'm aware there is no company (well known or not) waiting in the wings on that one. We'll see what the future brings for that one. We might get a ten pin bowling alley yet. PCS_Wilts
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