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MP urges minister to block 'environmental vandalism' plans for 6,000 homes in Albrighton, Tong and Shifnal

By Mark Andrews | Telford | Property | Published: | Last Updated:

An MP fiercely opposed to plans for thousands of homes on Shropshire green belt land has met with the Housing Secretary over the “environmental vandalism.”

Mark Pritchard MP

Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, has been a vocal critic of plans for more than 6,000 new homes in Tong, Albrighton and Shifnal. And following his talks with fellow Conservative MP Robert Jenrick, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, he warned: “What is clear is that the minister has strong powers to overthrow any out-of-touch decision Shropshire Council might be tempted to make in the future.”

He added: “The council should shelve their promotion of the site and hawking the site around the West Midlands.

“I can guarantee Shropshire Council will end up looking very arrogant and ignorant at the end of this whole process.”

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The proposals include 3,000 new houses on land off the M54 near Tong.

This week he met with Robert Jenrick, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, to discuss the proposals, which he described as ‘environmental vandalism’.

The plan for Tong, put forward by Bradford Estates, also includes 124 acres of employment land.

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Mark Pritchard with Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick

At the moment it is subject to consultation by Shropshire Council.

Mr Pritchard said: “The Secretary of State and I met to discuss Shropshire Council’s proposed environmental vandalism of Tong, Shifnal and Albrighton,” said Mr Pritchard.

“What is clear is that the minister has strong powers to overthrow any out-of-touch decision Shropshire Council might be tempted to make in the future.

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“The council should shelve their promotion of the site and hawking the site around the West Midlands.

“I can guarantee Shropshire Council will end up looking very arrogant and ignorant at the end of this whole process.”

Bradford Estates distributed a leaflet around Shifnal, Tong, and Albrighton saying that the plans could include three new schools and a GP surgery.

Mr Pritchard described the claims as ‘vague’ and ‘not credible’.

Mark Pritchard MP has spoken out against plans to develop the green belt

In a letter to constituents last week, Mr Pritchard wrote: “In Shifnal and Albrighton there are brownfield sites which offer opportunities for new housing and which would be more sustainable in environmental, social and infrastructure terms.

“The area’s green belt must be protected.”

The managing director of Bradford Estates is Viscount Newport, son of the Earl of Bradford.

A spokesman for the group said: “Bradford Estates has made strenuous efforts to discuss its emerging proposals with local elected representatives.

“This has enabled the estate to update, modify and inform points that have been circulating and appear to have given concern to Mr Pritchard.”

He said the estate would welcome the opportunity to discuss Mr Pritchard’s concerns about the proposals.

Shropshire Council was invited to make a comment.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews
@MAndrews_Star

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.

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