The site next to the former Swan & Falcon Inn, more recently Barclays Bank, was the scene of a well-behaved demonstration in February 2010. The developer of the Falcons Court houses had partially constructed a house fronting the High Street, faced with unapproved bricks and larger than the planning consent granted. The Shropshire Star reported that, after visiting Much Wenlock, the Shropshire Council planning committee “…later voted at the meeting to refuse a revised planning application for the home and they further agreed to enforce an order to demolish the partially built property.”
The Planning Inspector who later heard an appeal against the refusal said that the proposed dwelling would “fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Much Wenlock Conservation Area…” and went on to say the it “failed to comply with Section 3 of the Much Wenlock Design Statement…”. The appeal was dismissed, and the incomplete building was subsequently demolished. The site changed hands and came into the ownership of Bridgnorth businessman Richard Beaman, who had previously purchased the former Barclays Bank premises which, at one time, had been the Swan & Falcon Inn.
A premises licence for the sale of alcohol was granted and subsequently a planning application was made for an ambitious development of the joint site. After considerable resistance from local objectors and some delay, a revised application was submitted. This was approved about a week ago, along with the associated listed building application. Learning this news, I harboured a hope that work would start fairly soon to tidy up what has been an eyesore for many years. I was therefore delighted to see two chaps working this morning dismantling the brick wall in the walkway between Falcons Court car park at the High Street. It’s only a small step, but it’s a step in the right direction!
The planning consent (17/01996/FUL) comes with a number of conditions covering access, construction method statement, tree planting scheme, Arboricultural Method Statement and Tree Protection Plan, and wide-ranging ones governing the extent and hours of use of the external areas. Shropshire Council’s website provides the detail.