Go-ahead finally given for 600-home Shrewsbury development
More than 600 homes will now be built on land in Shrewsbury after plans were finally given the green light by Shropshire councillors.
Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes had been locked in a planning wrangle with Shropshire Council regarding access to the site at Weir Hill, off Preston Street.
The plans are for houses to be built in two phases. It had been proposed by the developers that contractors would use an access of Preston Street for construction, until 250 homes are occupied. At that point a second access road would be built off London Road.
Hundreds of residents living close to the site claimed that a new access road should be built exiting on to London Road before any building work commenced.
Earlier this week the developers told members of the council's planning committee that the trigger point for the construction of the new road would be when 150 houses were occupied.
At a meeting of the council's central planning committee yesterday, Councillor Dean Carroll said: "The developers have come down to 150 occupations to open the link road to London Road which is far earlier than actually required. I have not heard anything that would convince me that there are material grounds to refuse this application."
Developers have also pledged £50,000 to improve connectivity to London Road. A cycleway and footpath could be built through Shrewsbury College if the college agrees.