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Homes plan backed at former industrial site in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury | Property | Published:

Councillors have given the green light for a housing development at a former industrial site in Shrewsbury.

Seven homes will be built on former railway land off Washford Road despite strong objections from members of the public and the local Shropshire councillor, Nic Laurens.

They felt the site was not appropriate for housing because of the impact it will have on traffic, the loss of a hedgerow to allow for a second access point, contamination of the land following its previous use, and access to a series of privately-owned garages.

Outline planning permission for six homes was granted in October 2016. However, the reserved matters by Walnut Squared Ltd originally outlined eight homes, which was reduced to seven.

Susan Luther, secretary of the Meole Village Residents’ Association, told the South Planning Committee meeting: “We remain totally opposed to this – it should be for the original six two-bedroom houses.

“There should be one entrance and exit – it should be one that is acceptable, not two.

“The hedgerow should be undisturbed and maintained as much as possible to maintain the privacy of the houses opposite the site.”

However, Timothy Wenham from the agents Architecture519 said although the addition of a second access point off Washford Road – in addition to the existing one off Station Road – was a “tricky issue”, he added it was important to reduce congestion.

He continued: “The need for two access points is to ease concerns and to improve the situation on Washford Road to ensure people can get in and out – say, for instance, when the bin lorries are there – and so people can access the garages.

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“The point was raised by council officers as a recommendation.”

Members of the committee had deferred a decision at their May meeting and requested more information about the impact of the highway.

At the meeting, councillors again asked for clarification of the access points and were told the details would be confirmed at a later date through the conditions.

But Councillor Alex Phillips called for the application to be deferred to the next meeting, and requested further information.

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He said: “I feel really uncomfortable making a decision based on information given late in the day.

“I am surprised it has come back this quickly.”

His motion was not backed by other members.

Chairman Ted Clarke said: “It is a difficult site. I do sympathise with everything that has been said, particularly the traffic issues. But we have to be mindful of the outline planning for six homes and on that basis I would propose we support the officer’s recommendation.”

By Emily Lloyd, local democracy reporter

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