Morda could become an 'urban sprawl'


Emily Davies

A VILLAGE is in danger of becoming part of another “urban sprawl”, campaigners battling a 64-home development have said.
Residents in Morda made their views evident as they urged Oswestry Town Council to support them as they fight to stop the new development on land at The Cottams, a piece of land which currently marks the town and the village boundary, by deferring any comments.
The proposal, which is currently subject to a planning application by David Wilson Homes, was included in Shropshire Council’s Site Allocations and Management of Developments (SAMDev) plan.

However, the town council has not been asked to comment as of yet and added they would not encroach on another council’s planning matters in relation to SAMDev.
Speaking on behalf of the group, John Abram said: “There can be no doubt that this proposed development constitutes urban sprawl.
“To develop this field is to remove the final tract of green space – prime agricultural grazing land – that separates the town of Oswestry from the village of Morda.
“In order to satisfy a perceived shortfall of housing provision within the town, Shropshire Council have sought to extend the town’s development boundary by stealth into the parish of Morda.”
Mr Abram admitted that with hindsight, even the Glentworth estate where he lives should not have gone ahead because it narrowed the boundary, adding: “Two wrongs do not make a right.”
“This latest proposal is nothing more than over-development by stealth; it is unnecessary, unwanted, unsuitable, and unsustainable,” he concluded.
Oswestry Rural Parish councillor, Tony Cheetham, told the meeting he was “encouraged” by a recent drop-in session to explain the development had seen almost 100 people make comments in objection to the planning proposal, which will be forwarded onto Shropshire Council.
A further 16 objections have been made online since the application was submitted in November.
l Members of the parish council will meet again tonight (Tuesday) at their monthly meeting to further discuss their campaign.

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