Ironbridge Power Station development

Harworth Group plc acquired this 350-acre site in June. Although not in my Much Wenlock patch, the demolition works, redevelopment and ultimate use are likely to have an impact on our community and local infrastructure. Last year I wrote about the safeguards required during the demolition phase, part of which is already underway.

Harworth intends to “remediate the site ready for future development and to promote the site through the planning process, targeting the delivery of a new mixed-use development of several hundred new homes alongside commercial development, leisure uses and significant public open space.” This will be a lengthy process extending over, maybe, five years. A planning application (ref: 18/03597/FUL) has recently been submitted for the construction of twenty wildlife pools as part of a Great Crested Newt mitigation area associated with the demolition works.

Site layout showing proposed pools

Harworth intends inviting residents and interested parties to attend a public consultation event on the 11th October to have their say on the site’s future. Wenlock residents who worked at the power station may find this especially interesting. Look out for more information on the event closer to the time.