PLANS to build an artificial 3G pitch in Hilperton have been rubber stamped by Wiltshire Council.

Doric Park, which has become a major talking point for Trowbridge Town Council, has been approved by the local authority's Western Area Planning Committee.

Ernie Clark, the council member for Hilperton, said Doric Park would be a "jolly good" proposal if only it was in Trowbridge and not Hilperton.

Chief amongst the Independent group leader's concerns was the loss of “high-quality” agricultural land, an increase in traffic attributed to the 158 parking spaces and the lack of suitable public transport – a combination of these factors leading to the necessity to use private cars.

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Speaking as the applicant, Trowbridge town clerk, Lance Allan said the plans were supported by Wiltshire Council through its leisure and recreation policy – which seeks to encourage new sports facilities.

Cllr Andrew Davis moved to approve the bid but was reluctant as he sympathised with the issues raised by Cllr Clerk. Cllr Pip Ridout seconded the motion.

The motion was passed with five councillors in voting in favour of Doric Park and one abstaining.

More to follow.