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Councillors unhappy over Ellesmere homes plan

By Aimee Jones | Ellesmere | Property | Published:

Councillors in Ellesmere are dissatisfied with the final plans to build 50 news homes as part of the major Wharf development.

In December 2016 Shropshire Council gave outline permission for a hotel, restaurant, caravan plots, holiday cabins, marina and 250 homes off Canal Way.

Last year traders in the town said they felt "left in the dark" over the development as little progress has been made since the project was granted approval two-and-a-half years ago.

But applicants Burbury Investments Ltd have now submitted a reserved matters application for the first phase for 50 houses.

After supporting the initial plans, Ellesmere Town Council and Ellesmere Rural Parish Council have raised serious concerns about access.

The developer is proposing to access the new estate via the Persimmon Homes Waterside View site.

In a letter to Shropshire Council's planning department, the town council said: "The town council supported the outline application for the whole marina development, but recommended that the infrastructure, main access, spinal roads and implementation of the flood risk management measures were put in place at the first stage of development.

Disappointing

"The presumption was that the access road between Oswestry Road and Canal Way would be constructed as part of the first phase of development.

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"It is very disappointing that this has not happened and it is believed that the proposed access via what is currently an unfinished housing estate road is inadequate for construction traffic, and will have a significant detrimental impact on the amenity of local residents."

It said there is also serious concerns about pedestrian safety because of the increase in traffic using the access road.

Ellesmere Rural Parish Council said the plans are a "departure" from what was originally accepted.

"The proposals introduce the possibility that the link road and the remaining development will not be completed as supported and approved," it said.

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"The parish council is very strongly opposed to this proposal and requests that the original scheme is not departed from."

The development will comprise 12 two-bed homes, 17 three-bed properties and 16 with four bedrooms.

A further five will be affordable housing.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones
@aimeejones_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.

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