Trowbridge cosmetics factory could be demolished

Site at Cradle Bridge, Trowbridge Image copyright JLL
Image caption Peter Black Toiletries closed down in 2002 and the site has been derelict for nearly a decade

Plans have been submitted to demolish an "eyesore" derelict cosmetics factory, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Peter Black Toiletries, at Cradle Bridge, closed in 2002 and the site has been derelict for nearly a decade.

Consultants JLL have submitted an application to build four retail units costing about £7m on the vacant site.

Planning officials will consider the scheme next week, which if approved is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016.

The application submitted to Wiltshire Council also includes plans for a new cycle and footbridge across the River Biss.

Kevin Hunt, from JLL, said they had already "confirmed" anchor tenants for the site including M&S and Toby Carvery.

"The key thing is a development on this site that is deliverable and will be built and won't leave the site vacant as it has been for a good number of years now," he said.

"If we get consent on the 29th - and we hope we do - we will develop this site."

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