Objections to proposed Shropshire housing development

Reporter:

Emily Davies

PLANS for a housing development in Maesbury Marsh have been met with a barrage of objections.

The outline proposal by Mark Thompson aims to create an 24-home estate on land adjacent to his home at Stone House.

However, residents and local groups are against the plans, with the Oswestry branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England noting the additional traffic that will impact the area.

Chairman Mike Bullen said: “It was clear that Shropshire Council - in the SAMDev plan - did not intend housing development in Maesbury Marsh to extend south of the canal bridge which is a narrow pinch point severely affecting visibility and traffic flow along the only road to Oswestry. This road already carries a considerable volume of domestic, commercial and agricultural traffic.

“This scheme for 24 houses, several of which will be large four bedroom dwellings, will attract commuters from outside the area, which is contrary to the intentions of Shropshire Council’s Core Strategy.

The site was not put forward by the parish council or by local residents and it has not been put forward as a community hub. The proposal should therefore be refused.”

Other objections from residents include the impact on the sewage system, the lack of amenities including a school and village hall, and flooding.

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