The planned development of the former Bowyer's Factory site in Trowbridge has received praise from the leader of the council.

The proposal to transform the site that has been derelict since 2008 was approved at a meeting on Wednesday, November 29.

The development would include 255 new homes, a cultural quarter and public space alongside the river Biss. 

Concerns regarding the possible increase of traffic were expressed at the meeting, but overall, councillors considered the positives of this scheme to outweigh the potential congestion.

The leader of Wiltshire Council, Richard Clewer, said: “The approval of this planning application is an extremely positive step forward for the regeneration of Trowbridge.

"When combined with the £16 million investment from the government via the Future High Streets Fund, it shows Trowbridge has an exciting and vibrant future.

"This comprehensive approach to development will deliver significant benefits for residents, visitors and traders alike and enables us to improve the town’s housing, commercial and cultural offer.”

Jonathan Dean from developer Innox Mills Ltd said: “There remains lots to do but you should start to see movement very soon with the announcement of our development partner and affordable housing provider in the next few weeks."