Hundreds of new homes among plans submitted

More than 300 new homes could be built across two sites under plans put forward by a local authority.

The former New College campus in King Street, Wellington
The former New College campus in King Street, Wellington

Telford & Wrekin Council is looking to build 100 new homes at the former New College site in Wellington, and a further 233 properties on land off Granville Road, Donnington Wood.

The New College site in King Street has been vacant since 2018, when the college merged with nearby Telford College of Arts and Technology.

A boxing club and area to play tennis and netball is also included in the plan, which would see the construction of 64 retirement flats, and 10 bungalows aimed at older people.

Nuplace, a company set up to manage council housing in the borough, is also seeking to build 233 new homes on the site at Donnington Wood. A care home for 76 people and community centre is also proposed for the site, on land between Granville Road and Donnington Wood Way.

At the moment the site is open fields and woodland, used for grazing horses, but in the past it has seen military and industrial use.

Both schemes are outline planning applications to be considered by the authority's planners.

In Shrewsbury, plans have been submitted to build 130 new homes on land to the west of Battlefield Road.

A social housing scheme, featuring 12 new homes, has been put forward for land at the sports and social club in Albert Road, Shrewsbury, with a 14 supported living flats and a community building also planned for the site.

Plans have also been received to build 40 flats on a car park in between Shrewsbury's two main shopping centres.

Proposals for 40 apartments and office space are being proposed for the site in Raven Meadows. Known as 'The Gap', the site between the Darwin and Pride Hill shopping centres is used as a pay-and-display car park at the moment.

A further 38 homes are also planned for land off Minsterley Road, Pontesbury.

In Oswestry, full planning permission is being sought to create a 'boutique mall', dividing an existing shop unit in Cross Street into four smaller shops. If the plans are approved, the three upper floors of the building will be converted into 10 flats.

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