Successful bid for £700,000 to unlock sites in Trowbridge
Working together with all our public sector partners including the NHS, MoD, Police, Fire Service is allowing us to achieve much more than we could as individual organisationsBaroness Scott of Bybrook, Leader of Wiltshire Council
The redevelopment of the East Wing and Ashton Street sites in Trowbridge will take a step forward after £700,000 was successfully awarded from the Government this week.
The bid was submitted to the Government's Land Release Fund by the One Wiltshire Estate Partnership which sees the council work positively with partners such as local health services, Wiltshire Police , Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue and the Ministry of Defence to make efficient use of public sector land, facilities and services to achieve better outcomes for the people of Wiltshire.
This funding will be used for essential work to enable delivery of additional housing towards the overall requirement for the county. The partnership has previously benefited from One Public Estate funding towards feasibility work, site surveys and design work.
The development at East Wing will incorporate housing, leisure and retail as well as a joint project with the NHS to deliver a new primary health care facility.
The partnership also secured £100,000 funding late last year to help plan for the release of surplus MoD land in the county.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "This latest success demonstrates the strength of our One Wiltshire Estate Partnership. However this is not just about the funding. Working together with all our public sector partners including the NHS, MoD, Police, Fire Service is allowing us to achieve much more than we could as individual organisations."
Trowbridge is designated a principal settlement in the core strategy and a focus for new development and regeneration in Wiltshire. The Trowbridge Masterplan (2014) identifies East Wing as a strategically important regeneration opportunity that can deliver high quality, vibrant and mixed use development which supports the vision for the town centre.
The funding will go towards removing a couple of the barriers to bring forward the development of the East Wing site. These include rerouting a culverted water course and Victorian sewer, and demolition of a derelict building (removal of asbestos). The Ashton Street requires demolition of the existing building, together with geotechnical and ecological surveys.
The Land Release Fund competitively assessed bids from local authorities on value for money, innovation, and the contribution to wider government housing objectives. Nearly 80 bids were successful in the assessment process, which will see £45 million being awarded to 41 authorities.
The fund was oversubscribed with more than £100m received in funding requests for 143 projects.