Go-ahead for Market Drayton homes in spite of protests

A block of 36 flats plagued by anti-social behaviour is to be levelled and replaced with new homes – despite objections.

A block of 36 flats plagued by anti-social behaviour is to be levelled and replaced with new homes – despite objections.

Meres and Mosses Housing Association has won permission to demolish the flats at Combermere Court in Market Drayton and replace them with 21 new homes.

Shropshire Council approved the plans despite receiving a 47-name petition and 33 letters of objection from residents.

They raised fears over access difficulties, loss of trees and the extra pressure more children would have on local schools. But the association says the existing properties are ‘out of scale’ with the surrounding housing and replacing them will attract more families into the area, benefiting local schools and businesses.

A report to Shropshire Council said that the principle for affordable residential development was acceptable.

A public consultation event on proposals was carried out in June last year which revealed that 73 per cent of those who attended were in favour.