Wiltshire

Eco-park plan in Wilton boosted by grant

A group's campaign to build an eco-park on land owned by the Military of Defence in South Wiltshire has been boosted by a £52,000 government grant.

The Wilton Eco Park Project wants to build 450 eco-homes on the former Erskine Barracks site near Wilton.

Money from the Local Energy Assessment Fund, known as a LEAF grant, was awarded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

It will be used to set up a Community Land Trust for the area.

Suzanne Butters, from Wilton Eco Park Project, said the awarding of the grant was "very exciting".

The group's plans for the site also include a visitors centre, green business units and allotments.

The entire site would be carbon neutral and powered by a range of solar, thermal and recycling generators.

Chairman Peter Edge said: "We want to see something that benefits the community and brings something different."

The Conservative MP for Salisbury, John Glen, is a supporter of the project. He said: "I hope [the grant] will be a springboard for this particular group to bid successfully to gain the site and do something that local people want from it."

The group plans to put in a bid for the site at the end of February.

A public meeting is being held at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton on 18 February for local people to find out more about the project.

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