Delivering new homes and enhanced sports and recreation facilities
What is proposed?

Coulston Estates is proposing to build circa 250-280 new family and affordable homes at Elm Grove, Trowbridge. The proposed development will offer a range of housing types, as well as help for first-time buyers with homes available to buy through the Government's Help to Buy Scheme.

The proposed development also includes plans to deliver enlarged and enhanced public sports and recreation facilities. This will include improvements to the currently underutilised and poorly-drained facilities at Elm Grove recreation ground, protecting and enhancing this important community resource.

As required by policy for the site, a new community hub will also be delivered to provide changing facilities for new playing fields, as well as potentially being available for community hire for meetings and small-scale community events.

Extensive areas of informal open space are also proposed to act as a wildlife corridor and buffer between the existing community and the proposed new homes.

While it had been previously proposed to include a primary school with the development, this element has been removed following the outcomes of our consultation with the local community and further work carried out by Wiltshire Council in finalising their strategic housing allocation for this site.

Why here?

The land in question at Elm Grove in Trowbridge is proposed as an allocation for residential development in Wiltshire Council's draft Housing Sites Allocation Plan (WHSAP).

The allocation had also previously proposed a new two form entry primary school. Wiltshire Council confirmed in February 2019 that the previously proposed primary school is no longer required due to demographic changes and additional capacity being available in existing primary schools in Trowbridge.

What stage are we at?

Coulston Estates Ltd is preparing to submit an outline planning application to deliver a development at Elm Grove in line with Wiltshire Council's revised allocation for the site.

We carried out extensive public consultation on our emerging proposals for the site in early 2019. Following that consultation exercise, a number of changes have been made both in response to feedback received by the community and revisions to Wiltshire Council's allocation for the site. The key change is that a new primary school is no longer proposed.

Wiltshire Council's revised allocation for the site has been supported by the government's Planning Inspector following the Wiltshire Housing Site Allocation Plan Examination process which took place during 2019, with the findings published in June 2019.

We have now worked up a revised masterplan for the site, taking into account community feedback, the removal of the primary school from the strategic housing allocation and the findings WHSAP examination process. You can view the latest proposals via this link

The proposals include:
  • Circa 250-280 new homes, 30% of which will be affordable homes
  • Help for young families to secure a new home near fantastic new facilities, with proposals to offer homes for sale via the Help to Buy Scheme
  • An enhanced and larger public sports and recreation space incorporating the existing Elm Grove field, as well as landscaped wildlife corridors to provide a buffer between new and existing homes
  • A new community hub to provide changing facilities for new playing fields, as well as potentially being available for community hire for meetings and small-scale community events.
  • A package of improvements to local infrastructure and community facilities to be agreed with the Wiltshire Council

View and comment on our plans

You can view a short slideshow of the latest proposals HERE. This will form the basis of an outline planning application to be submitted in late 2019.

Once you have had an opportunity to view the latest proposals and the changes we have made, we would welcome your feedback via this short questionnaire.


Where is the site?

The site is located in the south east part of Trowbridge, south of Wiltshire Drive. The green line on the map below denotes the proposed planning application boundary.
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