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Plans for 220 Telford homes set for the go-ahead

By Sophie Madden | Telford | Property | Published:

Plans for 220 homes are set to be given final approval next week.

But residents have raised concerns over the development off Gatcombe Way in Priorslee, Telford, saying it could turn the area into a “concrete jungle”.

Outline permission has already been given the green light for the site but developers have since revealed the final design of the homes in a fresh application to Telford & Wrekin Council.

But a reserved matters application, which will decide the final aspects of the build is – which is now recommended for approval by planning officers.

But concerns have been raised over the final plans, with residents saying they fear the development could also cause issues for services in the area.

If approved, the development, to be built by Lovell, will be made up of 24 two-bed homes, 101 three-bed homes, and 49 four-bed homes for sale on the open market.

A further 24 two-bedroom, 16 three-bedroom, and three four-bedroom homes will be made available for social rent, and seven two-bed and three three-bedroom homes will be put up for purchase through shared ownership.

The plans have received objections from St Georges and Priorslee Parish Council and 15 objections from residents, who say it will be an “over development” of the site.

In a report to the planning committee, it says: “Officers note local concerns based on the number of dwellings proposed for this scheme and that the proposed density of dwellings is higher than in other surrounding areas. It is recognised that the proposed density of 34 dwellings per hectare is higher than on some nearby roads but this is reflected in the need to allow for an inclusive development, with a mixture of smaller property sizes and types.

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But, the report says, density would be at acceptable levels.

“It is not considered that the proposed density of houses would be over development of the site and would be within acceptable levels where a mix of dwelling types is provided.

“Notwithstanding concerns raised by local residents stating similar detached houses would be more in keeping with the character area, the proposed development would provide a welcome mixture of property sizes and tenures with no objection from the council’s urban designer.”

The plans have been recommended for approval by officers and will be decided by the planning committee at its meeting at The Whitehouse Hotel in Wellington on Wednesday.

A final decision will be made at a meeting of the planning committee on Wednesday.

Sophie Madden

By Sophie Madden
@SMadden_Star

Senior reporter based out of the head office in Ketley covering the Telford area.

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