Category: Highways

  • 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’s highways woes

    Whilst many of the activities conducted by Shropshire Council are generally, and quite rightly, considered perfectly satisfactory, its highways maintenance leaves much to be desired. Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have been satisfied with Children’s Services and Adult Social Care. Refuse collection and recycling are rarely issues that residents of Much Wenlock and the surrounding…

  • Highways drains

    Much Wenlock has a history of flooding. Most people associate flooding with watercourses – mainly rivers. Much Wenlock, however, sits high above the River Severn, three miles to the north. The issue that adversely affects Much Wenlock is surface water flooding. Over centuries, the town has developed in a bowl in the landscape. The land…

  • Strategic Sites

    On 15th August, Much Wenlock Town Council met to consider its response to Shropshire Council’s Strategic Sites proposals as part of its Local Plan Review consultation. This rolls forward growth plans to 2036. This follows the Preferred Sites consultation that took place in the spring, and which saw Much Wenlock Town Council endorse Shropshire Council’s…

  • Much Wenlock’s roads go downhill

    Everyone in Much Wenlock and the surrounding area will be aware of the poor state of the roads and footways locally. There are problems all around Shropshire and, indeed, many other counties. South Shropshire has a meandering network of roads whose poor condition can be traced back to the original use of the internal combustion…

  • Ironbridge – strategic sites consultation

    Under its Local Plan Review, Shropshire Council is working on development plans for the period up to 2036. In Much Wenlock it seems that an additional 150 homes during that period is accepted as reasonable by many residents, although there has been considerable concern about the proposed site for 80 houses off Bridgnorth Road, which…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – masterplan consultation

    Harworth, the developers of the Ironbridge Power Station site held a stakeholders’ event this morning to look at the emerging masterplan for the site. The whole of the design team were said to be on site, including minerals specialist and highways consultants. Those attending included representatives from Shropshire Council’s economic development team, William Brookes School, Priorslee and…

  • Local Plan Review – consultation deadline extended

    Shropshire Council’s Local Plan Review is attracting much interest – and nowhere more than in Much Wenlock. There was standing room only in Priory Hall for the “preferred sites” presentation on 3rd January, there were interested residents at the Town Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 8th January, and every seat was taken in the Guildhall…

  • A missed opportunity

    On 17th January Much Wenlock Town Council met to “consider the  Much Wenlock section of the Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites and to agree the Town Council’s response to Shropshire Council.” The casual observer might have believed that what was intended was a overview of the various site proposals that had been submitted to…

  • Preferred Sites for the Shropshire Local Plan Review – Much Wenlock

    Shropshire Council has a duty to maintain an up to date development plan. As I wrote a few weeks ago, and in April, the current stage is consulting on its “preferred sites”. Failure to maintain an up to date plan has a number of unattractive consequences, including having few grounds upon which to resist speculative development.…