THE man behind revised plans to build houses at the birthplace of Wilfred Owen has urged residents to support the scheme.
Roger Hill, a Walford Heath-based developer who will lead the controversial development at Plas Wilmot in Weston Lane, Oswestry, says the proposed change of access will benefit residents living in the lane.
His updated submission to Shropshire Council would see the seven detached properties accessed using an existing road which serves four properties and opens out onto Morda Road beside the cricket club entrance.
The existing plans signed off by Shropshire Council in August last year access the 2.4 acres expanse that was once the orchard, paddock and vegetable garden of the 19th century Grade Two listed property, via the narrow Weston Lane.
Mr Hill explained his son Richard hoped to purchase the final unbuilt plot of Blanchminster Drive to create an entrance and turning area.
They hope to eventually build the final plot which was undeveloped during the original development over 10 years ago.
He continued: “It would be a shame to lose all the existing amenities around the front of the house.
“I don’t think the residents of Weston Lane realise the application is in because it will save many people lots of building materials all being taken down Weston Lane.”
Responding to objections from residents of Blanchminster Drive, Mr Hill added: “At the narrowest point it is still wider than Weston Lane and at the end of the day I can understand the concerns but the extra traffic will affect five or six properties, but it will affect over 50 properties on Weston Lane.
“I am offering an improvement that will benefit everyone, including those in Blanchminster Drive.”
Although local historian Dr Nigel Tinsley has urged Mr Hill to work with him, he said the revised plans still failed to answer any of his objections.
Dr Tinsley has led the ‘Save Plas Wilmot for the Nation’ campaign to protect the site and hopes it could be opened as a public visitor attraction and has also called on reinstating the original pool where Wilfred and his father played, as well as a commemorative statue.
He commented: “The developer is very keen to overcome objections from the local community, although this is something of an improvement on the old plan it really does add very little – the setting of Plas Wilmot will still be seriously compromised.”
Shropshire Council is expected to make a decision on the revised plans by October 4.