Proposed revamp will bring 100 jobs to Ellesmere
This is the latest glimpse of a major scheme which could see a new leisure complex and 250 homes be created in a town in north Shropshire.
Plans are currently out for public consultation on the proposal, which could see a marina, hotel, restaurant and holiday cabins be built on a site south of Canal Way in Ellesmere.
An outline planning application has been submitted to Shropshire Council for the scheme, which is expected to create more than 100 jobs.
The plans have already been welcomed by many in the town, who believe it will boost business in the town.
Ann Hartley, Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere, has described it as the "best thing" that has ever happened to the town.
Ellesmere Chamber of Trade and Commerce chairman Lincoln McMullan, said recently: "Sometimes you get applications that don't suit the town but this one really does – it ticks all the boxes.
"I can't wait, it is something that the town has been crying out for so it is very exciting."
But there have been some concerns about the extra pressure it will put on local services such as the schools and doctor's surgery.
The scheme first became public more than 18 months ago, but only recently have detailed plans, including images of what it could look like, been revealed.
Of the 250 homes proposed for the site, 25 of these will be affordable and planners say there will be a lot of green and open spaces.
The site has been promoted as part of Shropshire Council's Site Allocation and Management Development plan (SAMDev).
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