Pinefield – 40 High Street, Much Wenlock

On 9th March I wrote here about a listed building application that had been lodged with Shropshire Council. I described myself as being “cautiously pleased” to see the application which aimed to carry out repairs, reinstatements and minor alterations to the historic Pinefield. I was cautious because I hadn’t seen the associated planning application for enabling development on the backland.

Today I’ve been notified that an application, reference number 17/00998/FUL, has been lodged with Shropshire Council seeking to erect “1no detached dwelling with garage, repair of existing outbuilding in close proximity and erection of 2no semi detached dwellings with attached 3bay garage”. A quick glance at the site layout indicates that the scheme appears to be far better laid out and less imposing than the previous application for four dwellings.

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The very helpful aerial site perspective provided by the applicants certainly seems more sympathetic to its setting in the curtilage of the listed building, and to the conservation area. I remain concerned that the garden area remaining with Pinefield appears inadequate for such an imposing property, and when it is refurbished and, hopefully, occupied it is likely that the residents will have cars. No vehicular access is shown and even if a driveway is formed, parking and garaging will consume a large part of this garden space.Fullscreen capture 31-Mar-17 80443 PMNonetheless, this is a step in the right direction and I welcome the progress. Doubtless local residents will take time to consider their opinion of the proposals. In view of the historic importance of Pinefield, its setting in the conservation area and my concerns about vehicular access and egress on the busy A458, I have requested that both applications are determined by Shropshire Council’s South Planning Committee.

2 Responses to “Pinefield – 40 High Street, Much Wenlock”

  • Tom Thompson:

    As this is a listed building usually strict conditions are applied. My concern would be that the development goes ahead, but Pinefield is left with cosmetic upgrades and left to deteriorate again.
    In an ideal world the work on the new development should be conditional on an agreed upgrade of the house being completed.
    The Falcon Court development and the experience with the eyesore left after the house adjacent to the bank was demolished should serve as an example of what could happen if not properly ‘policed’.

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