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600 homes approved in Shropshire

Words: Laura Edgar
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Shropshire Council’s North planning committee has approved a development comprising up to 600 homes on land north of Shrewsbury Road in Oswestry.

The outline application also features associated infrastructure, including areas of open public space, with all matters reserved except access.

The decision is in line with the planning officer’s recommendation, but is subject to the applicant, J Ross Developments, entering into a section 106 agreement for the provision of affordable housing, and open space provision and management.

The development will be located on land known as the Eastern Gateway Sustainable Urban Extension. The site covers 24.4 hectares.

The officer’s report states: “In respect of the three dimensions to sustainable development in the NPPF, the delivery of housing is a contributor to economic growth. The proposals will fulfil a social role by delivering a mix of affordable and open market housing to meet current and future needs with a range of tenures. There are environmental issues that are affected by the proposals, however, which weigh against the sustainability credentials of the scheme, although some mitigation is proposed that will redress the balance.”

The planning officer's report can be found on the Shropshire Council website (pdf).

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