Ironbridge planning applications are submitted

The owners of the site, Harworth Group, have submitted their planning application for the 350-acre Ironbridge site’s long-term redevelopment. In addition, a separate application to Shropshire Council has been submitted to extract up to 1.9 million tonnes of sand and gravel. These applications are now available for inspection on Shropshire Council’s website.

At my request, Much Wenlock Library will be holding a summary booklet setting out the Environmental Statement for the mixed-use development. This outline application includes plans for 1,000 homes, a new local centre to contain a mix of leisure, commercial, retail and health uses, a primary school, nature corridors, public open space and the re-use of the site’s pump house to support either retail, community or river-based uses. The link to this application (reference 19/05560/OUT) is here. Comments may be made to Shropshire Council until 6th March.

I know that many people are keen to ensure that the use of the rail line is re-established. I’m pleased to note that the rail connection remains central to the redevelopment plans, to move materials off-site and in the longer-term for passenger services that will hopefully help connect to Telford and the West Midlands conurbation.

Rail transport will be used to remove most of the material from the site, including 700,000 tonnes of pulverised fuel ash and around 2m tonnes of sand and gravel. This will be a new quarry alongside the A4169, south of the existing Buildwas Quarry. The link to this planning application (reference 19/05509/MAW) is here. Comments may be made to Shropshire Council until 31st January.

The applicants expect the planning process to take between six to twelve months to consider and for Shropshire Council to then determine. I have quoted the formal closing dates for consultation. Please try and observe them, but don’t let them stop you from commenting subsequently if you have further points to raise. If you wish to comment by post, please write to Planning Department, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND, quoting the application number.

These planning applications will be considered by Buildwas Parish Council where most of the site is located. Doubtless the Gorge Parish Council will also be giving them careful scrutiny.

I anticipate that the local councils in my Much Wenlock Division will be putting the applications on their meeting agendas which will give local residents the opportunity to feed their comments into their debate. You can do this by either writing to the parish/town clerk or by speaking at their meeting, by prior arrangement.

The meeting dates are likely to be:

Much Wenlock Town Council’s planning committee – Tuesday 4th February at 6:15pm
Broseley Town Council’s planning committee – Thursday 30th January at 7pm
Barrow Parish Council – Tuesday 21st January 6:00 pm
Easthope, Shipton & Stanton Long Parish Council – Thursday 16th January at 7:30pm

I’ve provided this information for guidance – please check with the appropriate council for certainty.