A COMMUNITY is waiting with bated breath for a decision on a controversial housing development.
Councillors and residents in West Felton have long fought plans for 50 new homes and commercial units on land belonging to Tedsmore Estate because they are not in line with the parish plan which calls for the area to retain its “open countryside” status.
The parish council objection was based on this fact which meant “no large scale development should take place”.
A steering committee found other objections included concerns about the difficult access, an increase in traffic and inadequate drainage which could cause flooding and put too much pressure on the sewage system.
The Oswestry branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England called for the application to be rejected claiming there was “no demonstrable need” for the development and not enough jobs to support the new residents.
A letter of objection to Shropshire Council said: “The ‘core strategy’ makes it clear that sizable developments of new housing should be located within development areas adjacent to market towns and regional centres, not in rural areas”.
One particularly anxious resident said: “I understood West Felton was to be ‘open countryside’.
“Therefore how could such condensed housing be allowed.
“Please, please do not allow this awful project to go ahead.”
After an avalanche of complaints, the developers reduced the size of the development from 50 houses and 1.3 hectares of public open space on agricultural land currently used for grazing to the north of Tedsmore Road, to 35, thereby reducing the density of the site and enabling the retention of a tree boundary.
A revised planning application for the plot, which is adjacent to a playing field currently let by the trustees of Tedsmore Estate to West Felton Parish Council, instead suggests 10 bungalows, 12 large executive homes, seven family houses, six affordable starter homes and four commercial units.
But many objections still stand. Ian Hutchinson, clerk to the parish council, said all the community could do now was wait and see what Shropshire Council’s decision would be.