Wiltshire

Trowbridge residents hold march over rejected Innox development

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Media captionAround 200 Trowbridge residents marched through the town in opposition to Wiltshire Council's decision to reject the Innox development

Around 200 people have marched through Trowbridge in Wiltshire in protest at last month's council decision to reject a large town centre development.

Plans for a cinema, supermarket, and restaurants on the former Bowyers site were turned down by Wiltshire Council.

Developer Prorsus confirmed it will appeal against the decision.

Managing director Angus Horner said he was overwhelmed and delighted that residents had taken the future of their town into their own hands.

'Good development'

He said the Innox Riverside Scheme offered guaranteed investment, jobs and more spending in the local economy.

"During the deepest economic recession for 80 years, Innox is an exemplar of good development," he added.

Image caption Prorsus want to build a cinema, supermarket, bars, and restaurants on the former Bowyers site

"Trowbridge wants to be open for business...this development can kick start further regeneration and that residents here are behind us."

Rebecca Millard, who organised the march, said there had been a lot of anger from local people following the council's decision.

"People feel deflated about the council's recent decision to refuse it," she added.

"We want something good for Trowbridge, something to put Trowbridge back on the map and to bring us back in to the 21st Century."

A seven-screen cinema and leisure development was approved for nearby St Stephen's Place in February.

A statement from Wiltshire Council said it would be inappropriate to comment as the developer had indicated his intention to appeal.

"Regenerating Trowbridge is one of the council's top priorities and we are committed to continuing to work with Prorsus to develop the former Bowyers site which will create jobs and further improve the county town," it read.

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