Plans for a new primary school have been dropped following public consultation on plans for new family homes and enhanced sports and recreation facilities at Elm Grove, Trowbridge

Coulston Estates recently undertook a public consultation exercise on their proposals to deliver a new housing development at Elm Grove, Trowbridge. The development plans are in response to the site's proposed allocation for new homes in Wiltshire Council's draft Housing Site Allocations Plan, which included plans for a two-form entry primary school.

Questions were raised about the need for the primary school during the consultation carried out by Coulston Estates. Wiltshire Council has subsequently reviewed primary school need in Trowbridge and has now determined that the previously proposed school at Elm Grove is no longer required as part of the housing allocation. The Council has identified capacity for expansion within existing schools to meet any projected increase in demand, in addition to new schools being planned as part of new housing developments elsewhere in Trowbridge

Coulston Estates are preparing an outline planning application to provide circa 250 – 280 new family and affordable homes at the site. The company will now revise the masterplan for the site in light of the decision to remove the primary school, which was to have been delivered on the existing Elm Grove recreation ground. The development also proposed an enlarged and properly managed area of public open space to replace the poorly drained and underutilised Elm Grove recreation ground. An extensive area of publicly-accessible green space will remain part of the plan, with the existing recreation ground retained and enhanced as part of this larger area of public open space.

Stuart Jones of Coulston Estates said:

“We are very grateful to all those local people who took the time to take part in our consultation. Their feedback has played an important role in ensuring the proposal responds appropriately to local need, such as prompting a closer look at projected primary school need in Trowbridge which has resulted in this change to the allocation. This demonstrates the importance of our desire to carry out meaningful public consultation with the local community before submitting our plans. It has always been our priority to deliver the best possible development at Elm Grove and to be guided by Wiltshire Council's allocation. With the decision by the Council to remove the school, we will now revise our masterplan for the site, including retaining and improving the existing Elm Grove recreation ground as part of an enlarged area of high quality green public open space.”

Updates on the project will be posted on this website over the coming weeks.

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