New homes to partially fill Hilperton Gap

By Ben Carey on 13 March, 2024

Planning approval has been granted for 68 new homes adjacent to the Hilperton relief road on the outskirts of Trowbridge.

The land at Elizabeth Way was allocated for development in the adopted Wiltshire Council Site Allocations Plan. The developer, Persimmon Homes Wessex, says the scheme will deliver substantial community benefits and environmental improvements.

20 of the dwellings will be transferred to a local housing association to address the urgent need for affordable housing in the area.

The plans also include the provision of on-site open space and a children’s play area, a cycling link connecting Middle Lane with Hilperton Road, and over £1 million in S106 contributions.

These funds will support the expansion of local schools, off-site highways improvements, off-site biodiversity enhancement and upgrading of facilities at Hilperton Village Hall, including the retention of a public footpath through the development.

As expected of modern housing developments, the new homes will be equipped with solar panels and electric vehicle charging points.

In line with the Environment Act 2021, the development will have to deliver at least 10% biodiversity net gain. This will be achieved via on and off-site enhancement measures, including the planting of trees and wildflowers, installation of 78 bird and bat boxes and the retention of important existing trees and buffers to protect the ‘Core Bat Habitat’ along Middle Lane.

Persimmon’s Regional Managing Director, Julian Roper, said, “We are pleased to have secured planning permission for a new 68-home site in Trowbridge.

“We’d like to thank the local authority for their cooperation as we’ve worked together to provide a high-quality scheme and new homes for local people.”