THE decision on whether housing should be developed on land in Ellesmere is still ongoing, more than six months after the initial application was submitted.
An application was submitted to Shropshire Council in November 2012 to build 10 houses in Church Street but the plans for six three-bedroom homes and four one-bedroom flats have been criticised by nearby residents and businesses.
For the application to move forward a signed Section 106 agreement from the developer must be given to the council, detailling negotiations and agreements they are willing to make.
This agreement would enable the council to come to a final decision.
The land beside the A495 was formerly used for a local garden machinery business and the warehouse is still standing. As part of the plans it has been proposed that the warehouse be demolished.
Julie Edwards, from Mere Motors Ltd, wrote in objection to the application which is based on land opposite the forecourt. She said: “The two exit areas from our site could present a problem for traffic, which will effectively be ‘oncoming’, from the proposed access archway.
“Pinfold Lane [the access road to the forecourt] services nine residential properties, 14 garage lockups, and the rear of the commercial premises.
“The ‘Keep Clear’ road markings currently directly laid across the front of the boundary of no. 3 [Church Street] are as a direct result of our tanker needing to be able to turn out of Pinfold Lane.”
Other residents complained that the new buildings would not be in-keeping with the traditional houses on Church Street but the applicant stated in background papers that the current warehouse is unattractive, and “The character and appearance of the site would be improved by removing the present building and restoring a building to complete the street frontage.”
A decision will not be made by the planning committee until the council has received the Section 106 agreement.