Category: Planning

  • Preferred Sites for the Shropshire Local Plan Review

    I wrote on this topic in June. A paper being presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet next Wednesday covers consultation on the preferred sites across the county.  If agreed, the consultation period will be from 29th November to 31st January 2019 and will provide an opportunity for local councils, residents, landowners, developers and agents to comment…

  • Affordable housing in Much Wenlock

    On Thursday, Shropshire Council’s Leader, Cllr Peter Nutting, attended Much Wenlock Town Council’s monthly meeting. When Peter advised me of his invitation from the mayor, he said that the Town Council had told him it wanted “to talk about potential housing in the town”. This inevitably sparked my interest and I looked at the few…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – public consultation

    I wrote a couple of weeks ago about early steps by the new owners, Harworth Group, to engage with the local community. With eight major projects in the north of England under their belts, they appear to be skilled not only in terms of demolition and remediation, but also in mixed development. I was pleased…

  • 29 Sycamore Road, Broseley Wood

    This is a sorry tale of what can go wrong with redevelopment of a brownfield site. Sycamore Road is a very narrow road in Broseley’s conservation area, leading off Cobwell Road which, in turn, is a steep residential street leading off Bridge Road. Although work has commenced on site, it is currently suspended. The background…

  • Ironbridge Power Station workshop

    Today saw around 50 stakeholders take part in a well-organised  workshop session at the Power Station. This was hosted by Harworth Group, who are the new owners of the site. Attendees included Shropshire Councillors Claire Wild (Severn Valley), Simon Harris (Broseley) and me along with others from Telford & Wrekin Council inclduing Cllr Nicola Lowery…

  • 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…

  • Ironbridge Power Station site sold

    I first wrote here about the Ironbridge Power Station site in January 2017. There was understandable apprehension about what might happen to the site now that electricity generation had ceased. In May 2017 I addressed the demolition of the conveyors and the haul route for the 360 tonnes of waste material, much of it metal. Clearly there…

  • Development in Much Wenlock – next steps

    In the past couple of days Shropshire Council has released a document in its Shropshire Local Plan Review entitled “Preferred Scale and Distribution of Development Consultation Response Summary“. As summaries goes, it’s fairly lengthy at 18 pages. Shropshire Council undertook an eight week “Preferred Scale and Distribution of Development Consultation” at the end of last year which sought views from…

  • Pinefield – 40 High Street, Much Wenlock

    Although there is no sign of progress following the planning consent granted for three houses on its back land, Shropshire Council officers continue to keep a close eye on this property. More boarding  of the windows was necessary a few weeks ago in the interests of safety. Discussion between the  owners, developers and the Council continues,…

  • Callaughtons Ash, Much Wenlock – local homes for local people

    Last month I wrote that over 100 applicants applied for the ten new affordable homes for rent at Callaughtons Ash. 63 applicants returned “Local Connection” forms to South Shropshire Housing  Association, and 27 households were found to have a sufficiently strong connection with Much Wenlock to automatically qualify for one of these properties. Inevitably, 17 householders…