Shrewsbury JLR showroom and petrol station plan hit by further delay
Plans for a £9 million development set to bring scores of jobs to Shrewsbury have been hit by a further three-month delay.
Highways England has said the development for a Jaguar Land Rover car showroom and petrol station, along with a coffee shop, should not be given the green light until more information is provided.
The report submitted by Catherine Brookes of Highways England, says that a decision should not be made on the plans for three months to allow the applicant to submit a junction assessment on the A5 Emstrey roundabout.
But the report adds that progress has been made in recent weeks after Highways England asked for more information.
It says: "Highways England has reviewed the full planning application documentation including the drainage strategy and flood risk assessment.
"Since the original application a number of documents have been submitted including a transport assessment and framework travel plan.
"These documents along with further information, provided by the applicant, have been reviewed and progress has been made."
Highways England has accepted the framework travel plan along with "most transport-related information" for the site, however a junction assessment of the A5 Emstrey roundabout is still required.
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Two planning applications have been submitted to Shropshire Council for the development on land near to Thieves Lane.
MDG Architects has submitted plans on behalf of Hatfields Jaguar Land Rover for the investment.
Meanwhile, PWA Planning on behalf of Monte Blackburn Ltd, has submitted a hybrid application seeking full planning permission for the petrol station, drive-through coffee shop, a new access, parking, and landscaping, and outline permission for a new office park.
The JLR development would see 104 full-time employees on site, 74 of whom will be existing employees.
The development of a petrol station and drive-through coffee shop would create 15 full-time jobs and 30 part-time jobs.
The site is in the Emstrey area of Shrewsbury and lies between the A5 and the B4380 Thieves Lane.
It forms part of an area designated by Shropshire Council’s Site Allocations and Management of Development Plan (SAMDev) as Shrewsbury Business Park Phase 3, an extension to the existing business park.
It is proposed that a single means of access into the site will be from Thieves Lane, which is to provide a new internal estate road that is to provide access to the adjacent, forthcoming Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) development to the south.
Until recently, the site was cultivated for agricultural purposes.