SHREWSBURY CIVIC SOCIETY

Latest Planning News (March 2019)

Weir Hill/ Preston Street:  This application is progressing and we are monitoring the secondary applications for implementing conditions applied to the permission granted. For example, we have raised concerns about some details, such as a footpath on one side only of an estate road ( We are asking for a cycle path to compensate.) and vehicle hardstanding tarmaced with no permeability.

The Stew:  Recently a Viability Report has been made available that suggests out of three options, only  one, which involves a large extension to the building, is economic. This plan had been strongly objected to by heritage groups, including the Georgian Group, which maintains its opposition on the basis that the proposed new addition is insufficiently subservient to the original building. However, Historic England now reluctantly accepts it, having severely criticised the design earlier for its lack of sensitivity

The Stew:  Recently a Viability Report has been made available that suggests out of three options, only  one, which involves a large extension to the building, is economic. This plan had been strongly objected to by heritage groups, including the Georgian Group, which maintains its opposition on the basis that the proposed new addition is insufficiently subservient to the original building. However, Historic England now reluctantly accepts it, having severely criticised the design earlier for its lack of sensitivity

Tannery Blocks: We are pleased to see that the second block will be built in a similar design and having a joining building to be used as an active frontage.  It will also provide a new home for the Riverside Medical Practice.

North West Relief Road: This has now secured the majority of its funding from the government. However, our Access group is finding some rather mixed data about its likely impact in relieving town centre traffic. It may relieve traffic on the southern by-pass and ease access for the town’s northern businesses. However, this may not justify the loss of wildlife and green areas.

 

North West Relief Road: This has now secured the majority of its funding from the government. However, our Access group is finding some rather mixed data about its likely impact in relieving town centre traffic. It may relieve traffic on the southern by-pass and ease access for the town’s northern businesses. However, this may not justify the loss of wildlife and green areas.

 

Schemes to raise built quality:  Shropshire Council has introduced an award scheme for Shropshire encouraging high quality developments.  (This year the most local winner was No 4 Butcher Row.) There is also an emerging accreditation scheme for new homes building.  The Civic Society feels this is a good idea and made several suggestions about its use. 

Highways works Town Walls and Pride Hill: We have made several comments to the authority about this work. At least it appears that the Pride Hill work is making progress but the plans have had not been subject to conservation opinions and so lack the care and attention to historic detail.

Highways works Town Walls and Pride Hill: We have made several comments to the authority about this work. At least it appears that the Pride Hill work is making progress but the plans have had not been subject to conservation opinions and so lack the care and attention to historic detail.

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