Plans submitted for 20 news homes on outskirts of Oswestry

A housing association has submitted plans to build 20 affordable homes on the outskirts of a north Shropshire village.

Wrekin Housing Trust wants to develop a site off Weston Road, Morda, to provide houses and bungalows which it says will meet local needs.

The village is classed as open countryside under Shropshire Council planning policies, meaning there is a presumption against new development except for affordable homes schemes where there is a demand.

The housing association says its proposals will provide homes for local people on Shropshire Concil’s waiting list, and the mix of property types and sizes “reflects the demonstrated housing need for the village”.

A design and access statement submitted by TC Homes Ltd, agent to the applicant, says: “Morda is a highly sustainable location, having a significant number of community facilities and services available in the village itself, and with the wider facilities in Oswestry town (particularly The Marches School) within reasonable walking and cycling distance from the site, and linked to the village by a regular bus route.”

Eight one and two-bedroom bungalows are proposed along with 12 houses with two to three bedrooms, as well as an area of public open space.

The development will be accessed off Weston Road, within the existing 30mph speed limit zone.

The statement concludes: “The application proposes the erection of 20 affordable houses to meet the need for affordable housing and local demand, the homes would be managed by Wrekin Trust.

“The properties would be allocated within Shropshire Council’s local lettings criteria or local lettings plan.

“The site is located in a sustainable location and immediately adjoining the development boundary.

“A safe and satisfactory means of access can be provided into the site, off the adopted road.

“Layout of the development is in keeping with the style and character of the neighbouring residential areas and village, using a similar palette of materials and design features.

“Given the above the development is considered to be in accordance with relevant national and local planning policy.”

The application will be decided by Shropshire Council.

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