Shropshire Star

New homes planned near roundabout 'must not be sound blocks for more expensive properties'

Councillors in Oswestry say affordable homes on a new development near Mile End roundabout can’t be used as “sound blocks” for more expensive properties.

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The outline scheme for up to 85 new dwellings, put forward by Shropshire Council-backed developer Cornovii Homes, was top of the agenda at Oswestry Town Council’s planning committee last night.

Representatives from the developer laid out their timescales for the site’s development should planning permission be approved, with a potential start date for works of early 2025.

But while town councillors are broadly supportive, they say they want more detailed information on how “obvious” noise issues from the road are going to be dealt with after expressing concerns about the location of affordable homes included as part of the scheme.

Shropshire Council’s regulatory team recommended that acoustic design is considered at the outline stage rather than with the detailed application later on, after a noise assessment commissioned by the developer indicated that the majority of properties would exceed the recommended external levels.