Plans for more than 100 homes in Ellesmere submitted

More than 100 houses could be built on the outskirts of a town under plans submitted to Shropshire Council.

Shropshire Council will decide on the plans
Shropshire Council will decide on the plans

Shropshire Homes Ltd has drawn up proposals for 107 properties on land off the A495 to the south of Ellesmere.

The scheme includes a mix of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses of between two and four bedrooms.

There will be 16 affordable homes, above the required minimum of 10 per cent.

A new pedestrian crossing over the A495 will be created, linking the development to the existing footpath on the other side of the road. There will also be an area of public open space.

A design and access statement by the applicant’s agent, Les Stephan Planning, says: “The site is located approximately 950m from the centre of Ellesmere, which has a variety of amenities including post office, pharmacy, hairdressers, laundrette, pub, restaurants, along with many other services.

“This will result in shorter car journeys being made and will allow more journeys to be made on foot or by bike. This will contribute towards the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and reduce congestion.

“The application site adjoins the Lakelands School and Ellesmere Business Park is very close to the site on the opposite side of Oswestry Road.

“Pedestrian access to these and other local facilities will be greatly facilitated through the proposed provision of a pedestrian crossing linking the development site safely and conveniently to the existing footpath which runs along the north side of Oswestry Road opposite the development site.

“In addition, a public footpath runs through the site which gives safe and convenient access to the Lakelands School, housing areas to the east, Tesco and to the town centre beyond.

“The site is well connected to regular bus services which run along Oswestry Road.

“The proposed area shown for open space is greater than the minimum standard and the soft landscaping proposals will maintain existing habitats and create new ones.”

The land is allocated for housing under Shropshire Council’s new local plan, which is currently undergoing its final stage of public consultation.

It is expected to be submitted for government examination later this year and adopted in spring 2022.

The statement says: “The applicants have submitted this application to enable early consideration of these detailed proposals but on the understanding that determination will possibly not take place until the regulation 19 consultation has been completed and the local plan has been formally submitted for Inspection when the emerging plan will carry significant weight.”

It goes on to say, however, that construction could start within months if planning permission was to be granted sooner.

Ellesmere Rural Parish Council has raised no objection.

The application will now be decided by Shropshire Council.

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