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Revised Shrewsbury flats plans thrown out

By Dominic Robertson | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

A controversial Shrewsbury housing development has been refused for a second time.

The Saxonby Group applied to Shropshire Council to build 36 flats in three blocks on land off Ellesmere Road.

Members of the authority’s central planning committee voted against the plans yesterday and said the proposal would lead to an ‘over-development’ of the area.

The housing company previously proposed 38 dwellings but was unsuccessful when it was discussed by the committee in June 2017. This application is due to go to appeal next week.

Councillor Dean Carroll said: “The objections I raised at the previous scheme still stand. It’s an over-development of the site.

“The new application fails to provide a transition into the Victorian red brick cottages to the south and the modern Redrow houses to the north. We should be aiming to try and design sensitively in this area.”

Shropshire Council planning officers had recommended the application for approval after the developer made a number of alterations including reducing the number of flags and retaining the pool.

Councillor Tony Parsons said: “It looks better than it did previously but in my view, that isn’t enough to make me feel that the decision we took previously should be changed.”

The revised planning application was supported by Shrewsbury Town Council but local member, Councillor Alex Phillips objected.

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“This application feels like planning deja vu,” he said. “It’s unsustainable and residents question the impacts on wildlife, flood risks, health services and the already over-subscribed primary school.

“I’m not against development but we should not needlessly give up open countryside. We can and should do better for this area.”

Area planning manager, Tim Rogers, praised the applicants for returning with a more traditional scheme.

However, Councillor David Vasmer added: “I feel that the changes made make it worse than better. The fundamental problem with the design is that it has two storey houses either side.”

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