NINE new houses will be built on St Thomas’s Passage in Trowbridge on the site of scrubland in the area formerly owned by Wiltshire Council., despite objections made by St Thomas church.

Houses will be built on the land of a two bedroomed house set to be demolished, where permission was initially granted for a block of six flats in 2016.

St Thomas Parochial Church objected to the plans and in a statement submitted to planning officers, the church council said: “St Thomas’s PCC agrees in principle that this previously developed land can be utilized to create new housing in Trowbridge.

"However the council has concerns about the loss of privacy to the vicarage, loss of green spaces and trees and safety to pedestrian at the two access points."

Residents voiced concerns about a badger sett that would be disrupted.

However developers said that a small trip of land used by the animals would be kept to protect the wildlife corridor and planning has been granted by Wiltshire Council.