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Village houses near Shrewsbury recommended for approval

Minsterley | Property | Published:

Proposals for a new housing estate in a village on the outskirts of Shrewsbury will go before planning bosses next week.

Long Mynd Homes wants to build up to 28 homes in Minsterley, despite objections from the parish council and local Shropshire Council member Nick Hignett.

The firm is seeking outline permission for the site, off Leigh Road, with more detailed plans to come back to the Central Planning Committee in the future.

Shropshire Council planners have recommended the plan is given approval.

Planning case officer Nanette Brown said: “This application seeks outline planning consent for the construction of up to 28 dwellings, to include details of the access.

“Other matters relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale are to be reserved for consideration as part of a later reserved matters application.

“The proposed access to the site is shown to be taken from Leigh Road, at a point that is currently the access point for an existing dwelling, The Hall Cottage, with the demolition of an existing single-storey side garage to the property to allow an access roadway to be built leading northwards into the site.

“The application site is situated to the north western side of Minsterley, to the north of Leigh Road and west of Horsebridge Road.

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“The site is surrounded on three sides by existing residential properties and to the north west lies open fields/open countryside.

“The parish council has made comments objecting to the proposal, and the local elected member has also objected to the application.

“Officers recommend approval. Under the council’s scheme of delegation the application therefore requires committee consideration.”

A statement from Minsterley Parish Council said: “The parish council objects to this amended and increased development that now moves most of the development outside the development boundary.”

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“As this is the number one criteria in the parish policy on development the council don’t see how this can this can be approved.

“This is a greenfield site and good agricultural land should not be built over. In addition the increased density is not in keeping with the rest of the village.”

“The increased density will exacerbate flooding issues which has required the formation of a flood forum for the parish.

“Traffic onto the main route for HGV will become a danger especially with the increased numbers.

“There is insufficient parking, causing emergency vehicle access issues. Archaeology shows this is the last ridge and furrow field in the parish.”

Councillor Hignett added: “I object to this application. The majority of the proposed dwellings are on a greenfield site, not part of the preferred sites allocation under the current Samdev plan.

“This land does not appear to be a brownfield site. This medieval site is regarded as the last ridge and furrow field in the parish, and as such should be carefully considered before any change of use takes place.”

The meeting will be held at Shirehall on Thursday.

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