Shrewsbury housing estate likely to take eight years

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Construction work on almost 300 new homes on the outskirts of Shrewsbury could take up to eight years to complete, it has been revealed.

More than 400 people would be employed on the project to create 292 homes for Taylor Wimpey in Sutton Grange, off Oteley Road, a spokesman for the housebuilder said.

If planning permission was granted for the project, work would begin by the end of this year, with the first homes due to go on sale in 2014.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: "All new Taylor Wimpey developments are estimated to create 1.5 'direct' full-time jobs per property built – this would equate to well in excess of 400 jobs.

"That doesn't include the number of jobs in the supply chain, which amounts to about three per home.

"Should the application be approved, it's anticipated that work will probably begin at the end of this year, with the first homes expected to go on sale early in 2014.

"A development of this scale is likely to take six to eight years to complete."

Daniel McGowan, land and planning director for Taylor Wimpey, said: "We are pleased to have submitted a detailed planning application for our proposed Sutton Grange development, which has been drawn up following a period of extensive public consultation with the local community.

"Our proposals are also in line with the aspirations of Shropshire Council's adopted Shrewsbury South Sustainable Urban Extension Masterplan, which outlines an exciting vision for the sustainable growth of the south of the town to provide much-needed new homes and employment opportunities for Shrewsbury. We now await the council's decision on our application in the coming weeks, and we look forward to beginning work as soon as possible should our plans be approved."

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