AMENDMENTS to plans for 11 affordable homes in Wharf Road met opposition from Ellesmere councillors after it was revealed a number of houses will have their back gardens facing the road and wharf.
Wrekin Housing Trust were granted permission to build 11 two and three-bedroom houses along Wharf Road in February but have now rotated four homes after discovering a pressurised sewage main running across the land that cannot be diverted.
The amendment has prompted members of Ellesmere Town Council to oppose the development they formerly supported.
In an email to the council’s planning officer, agents of the development Sutton and Wilkinson said: “The layout has been revised to accommodate the sewer and the necessary easement required
by Severn Trent Water.”
Councillor Ian Ward said at a recent town council meeting: “This is the fourth variation they have made to the plan now and it is looking silly. It was meant to mirror the other side of the road.”
The row of two and three-bedroom affordable homes proposed by Wrekin Housing Trust have been developed with features to blend with the existing alms houses on the opposite side of Wharf Road, dated from the 1890s. They will also be built next to the newly-constructed retirement complex, Jebb Court.
Wrekin Housing Trust will be renting out the homes at an affordable price to families to meet Shropshire Council’s housing statement, which notes an “immediate need for 65 two-bed and 23 three-bed houses in the town.”
But councillors maintained a change from supporting the application to opposing it. Assistant clerk Joanne Butterworth said: “Members feel that the original planning concept should be looked at again, so that all houses are facing Wharf Road with the gardens out of view, members feel that having the gardens to the front of the property in full view from Wharf Road would be totally out of keeping, will look untidy and will detract from the area around.”
Cllr Lynne Davies added: “We don’t want to be at the wharf looking at people’s back gardens, this is not a little change to make.”
The deadline for a decision on this variation is Wednesday November 27. Work is proposed to start on the housing in January 2014.