Fear Shrewsbury homes scheme too close to schools

Controversial plans for more than 40 homes in Shrewsbury are on the brink of approval, despite concerns over the site being close to two schools.

Developer Shropshire Homes Ltd is bidding to build 42 homes on land east of Woodcote Way, in Underdale, and now Shropshire Council officers have backed the plans and say it should be given the go-ahead.

It comes despite objections from more than a dozen residents and Shrewsbury Town Council who have raised fears that traffic dangers close to Severndale School and The Wilfred Owen School could be increased.

And concerns have also been made about a proposed children’s play area within the housing development which lies on an identified flood zone.

The plans include 25 three-bed homes, eight four-bed properties and nine two-bed houses, as well as the formation of estate roads and an access road leading to Woodcote Way.

A statement from the town council said: “The access on to the existing highway, given its proximity to two very busy schools and adjacent to the busy roundabout at Telford Way, is likely to exacerbate the existing traffic congestion in the area.

“Both turning right and left from the development site will pose difficult traffic problems.

“Members are concerned about the suggestion of a token play facility in the identified flood zone and so close to the adjacent brook to engender concerns for health and safety.”

Shropshire councillor Miles Kenny, who represents the Underdale ward, said: “Access to the site is difficult in that the junction with Woodcote Way is close to the Telford Way roundabout. Traffic turning right leaving the proposed site will encounter considerable delays.

“The Telford Way roundabout is busy enough as it is, with tailbacks up Woodcote Way, Robertson Way and on to the Telford Way plus considerable delays for traffic leaving Oswell Road.”

Bosses from the developers said the housing would “improve the view of the urban edge” from the fields beyond while providing recreational opportunities for the community on the land adjacent to the River Severn. The planning application will go before councillors at a meeting in Shirehall on Wednesday.