COUNCILLORS in Ellesmere have put forward their concerns over a planning application for a change of use of agricultural buildings to dwellings in the town because of issues with access.

The application, at Rose Cottage, The Cross – in Ellesmere – was discussed in Monday's full town council meeting held at the Town Hall.

Shropshire councillor Geoff Elner, who also sits on Ellesmere Town Council, said his personal objections to the plans were based on highways issues – echoing issues with the application from objectors, while it was raised that the land was potentially greenbelt.

It was agreed to officially comment on the planning portal from the town council, stating: "Ellesmere Town Council has concerns regarding this application due to the dangerous road and inadequate access.

"It would like further clarification as to whether this site is in the greenbelt and would like to see the answers to the questions raised by the Highways department before it is able to decide whether they support or object to this application."

The comment joined two objections from residents.

John Richards also highlighted the greenbelt and access issues, and added: "This is just a money making development with no benefit to the surrounding area."

Dilys Thomas-Wilson said the plans would 'impinge on our privacy' and also highlighted the issues with access and land legality.

Plans submitted to Shropshire Council say the current building has been redundant for many years but despite timber and brickwork decay, it would be adequate for conversion.

Consultation for the plans closes on Tuesday, November 16 and for anyone wishing to comment, head to and search 21/04694/PMBPA.

Councillors offered no comment for plans to tear down an existing conservatory to be replaced with a one-storey extension at The Oaklands in Elson Road.

Meanwhile, councillors deferred a discussion on an informal approach from Ellesmere Rangers Football Club to tarmac the drive up to their Beech Grove home until a firmer proposal was forthcoming.