Urgent Action Needed To Stop This Hotel Saga From Dragging On.

Below is a copy of the letter from a local resident which the Newport Advertiser kindly published on its letters page :-

Dear Editor

I was aghast to read the report in the Newport Advertiser of yet another issue which is likely to cause further delay to the development of the Victoria Hotel.

As I have repeatedly pointed out to the powers that be, Newport Town Councillors, District Councillors, and others; Newport is in real danger of losing one of its few remaining iconic and listed buildings.

Unless something is done very soon the town is likely to have another “Tuckers” disaster on its hands. You do not need to be a Structural Engineer to know that buildings which are allowed to become derelict are in danger of becoming unstable. The ugly scaffolding and buttressing which has been for too long supporting the external l walls of the old hotel are no guarantee of ongoing stability.
Buildings collapse inwards as well as outwards, particularly when much of their internal structure has been removed.

After it collapsed the Tucker building was dubbed “The Shame of Newport.” Well, in the case of the Vic we have another building which already is a “Shame of Newport” and which could well become the “Disgrace of Newport” unless something is done very soon.

The need for urgent action cannot be over-stated.

The District Council has powers at its disposal to take action to resolve this situation one way or the other, either by sorting out the planning issues or by using Listed Building Legislation to intervene to ensure the preservation of a Grade 2 Listed Building. If it cannot grant planning permission because of developer demands, then it should take steps to conserve the building by the other means available to it.

I am of the opinion that something must be done as a matter of the upmost urgency. It is no longer acceptable for building so important to Newport to be put in jeopardy because of a developer or by the Council failing to act.

The Vic is part of everyone’s heritage, in particular that of the people of Newport and Telford and Wrekin. It must not be lost by design or by complacency.

Gordon Howdle

TWC/2021/0419 – Installation of decorative lock gates to Newport Town Canal Lock (Listed Building Application)

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https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-documents-public.aspx?Applicationnumber=TWC/2021/0419

More flats planned for redevelopment of historic former hotel.

Link below to the page on the T&W application website that lists the relevant documents in which the consultants acting for the developer make the case for the proposed alterations :-

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-documents-documents-public.aspx?ApplicationNumber=TWC/2021/0401

More flats planned for redevelopment of historic former hotel

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https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/newport/2021/05/03/more-flats-planned-for-hotel-redevelopment/

TWC/2021/0109 Land South of Springfield Industrial Estate, Station Road, Newport

Prior to the expiry of the consultation period for the above application submitted by Bloor Homes, NDCS submitted the objection below :-

Objection on behalf of Newport and District Civic Society

We refer to the letter dated 03/02/21 from T&WC which was received in mid-February 2021 following an approach by CAPC to T&WC having heard from others that a consultation on the Reserved Matters application had already commenced.

In the time available to us we have reviewed the documents submitted and would draw to the attention of T&WC that only a few of the Reserved Matters have been referenced by number and have evidence submitted by the applicant or its consultants in a manner which we assume is intended to be considered by T&WC as to whether the evidence satisfies the requirements of the relevant individual condition.

The majority of the individua Reserved Matters have not been identified in the documents by relevant individual number and we do not believe that it is the responsibility of council tax payers to trawl through the documents and identify aspects of the documents that might relate to individual conditions. It is for the applicant to submit evidence to each individual condition.

Without prejudice to our position as set out above we comment in general terms on certain aspects of the documents :-

Design and Compliance Statement – Compliance Summary Table

Access and Movement.
The applicant admits that significant changes have been made from what was set out in the plans in the Reserved Matters. Whilst these changes have been made in discussion with the Highways team at T&WC they are of such a nature and magnitude that they are clearly not in accord with the Reserved Matters and must be taken back to the T&WC Plans Board in order that the applicant can provide a full explanation as to why the changes have been made. It is then for the Plans Board to decide if they are prepared to accept the changes or require that the access and movement layout in the Reserved Matters be complied with.

Access and Movement / Layout.
Given the changes to the access and movemen,consequentially the layout of the site has changed fundamentally to that as set out in the Reserved Matters. The substantial non-compliance with the Reserved Matters is again an issue on which the applicant must be required to address with the T&WC Plans Board in order to seek approval or otherwise to the changes.

Landscape.
With the significant departures from the Reserved Matters requiring the need for the applicant to return to Plans Board to explain and seek approval for the departures which, if approved, would require a revised Reserved Matters document to be promulgated by T&WC, the Plans Board would be able to consider the effects of both the T&WC ‘declared climate emergency’ and the recent declaration in the Local Plan 2040 which recently went through its Option review that the borough is a ‘forest community’.
T&WC ecology officers will be well able to draw attention to the evidence from many parties that the ripping out of mature hedgerows, trees etc only to be replaced by new saplings will have a significant negative effect on both climate change for many decades and the diversion of the ROW on the land from the existing routes and green surrounds will gave a negative effect on mental health and wellbeing at a time when with the covid virus lockdown mental health is at an all time low. It was understood from the Local Plan 2040 Local Plan document that mental health and wellbeing is an higher priority for T&WC due to the lockdowns endured since March 2020.

Sustainable Drainage.
The proposals as regards replacing the ephemeral pond with a concrete attenuation basin appear to not accord with the findings in the previous application for a superstore from which a car washing facility with a concrete water capture facility in the location of the ephemeral pond was removed from the application due to serious concerns as to the potential pollution effects on the underground aquifer flowing under the site. In this regard we do not consider that the response to the relevant Reserved Matters adequately addresses the concerns raised in the superstore application.

In summary, due to the significant changes to layout and access and the consequent effects of the these changes on other aspects of the application; the applicant acknowledgement in its own Design and Compliance Statement that it has not been able to comply with the main aspects of the Reserved Matters requirements as the layout and access from the 2015 outline application apparently simply does not work for them to deliver the development of the site which they now wish to take forward; as such, the applicants 2021 application must go to Plans Board for the reasons and for the actions set out above.

Since the submission of the objection we understand that discussions continue between the Council and the developer Bloor Homes. The application is now likely to go before the Planning Committee, possibly in May, following a further round of consultation on amendments to the applicant’s proposals for the site.

TWC/2011/0871-Land to the East and West of Station Road, Newport, Shropshire.

Those residents who submitted objections or comments from 2012 onwards in relation to the above application should have received a recent notification from T&W of a Decision that was issued on 2/3/2021. Brief details of the decision are given below and can be accessed from the link :-

Erection for up to 350 no. dwellings (Use Class C3); extra care housing (Use Class C2); 4.5ha of employment land (Use Classes B1, B2 and B8); public open space and landscaping provision including sports pitch and landscaped park; demolition of existing industrial buildings; highway works and associated infrastructure development (Outline to include Access)***AMENDED DESCRIPTION, AMENDED PLANS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS & REVISED ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT***

To view the application summary copy and paste the link below into your search engine :-

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-applicationsummary.aspx?applicationnumber=TWC/2011/0871

TWC/2021/0109 Land South of Springfield Industrial Estate, Station Road, Newport

Reserved matters application pursuant to outline planning application TWC/2015/0057 for the erection of up to 115 dwellings with associated open space, infrastructure works and access of Station Road including details for appearance, landscaping, layout and scale.

Details in the link below. Copy and paste to your search engine :-

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-applicationsummary.aspx?applicationnumber=TWC/2021/0109

The Railway Tavern, 62 Upper Bar, Newport – Creation of a first floor roof terrace and installation of 2no. lighting poles and 1no. CCTV camera with associated pole.

Details of the application in the link below. The consultation period ends on 26/1/21 :-

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-documents-documents-public.aspx?ApplicationNumber=TWC/2021/0005

Telford & Wrekin Local Plan Review.

The consultation period has been extended to the 8th January 2021, we as a Society will be responding and need your views so they can be included in a combined response which will seen as a ‘stronger’ critique. Please email me your views to David.Griffin65@aol.co.uk by the 2nd January. The document is available on the T&W homepage, then search for ‘ Review of the Telford & Wrekin Local Plan’. It details the policy changes to the current plan which the council are asking for comments on, your views on these changes are requested so we can create a fully informed response. This review takes the local plan out to 2040 from 2031 and effectively delays the impact of the governments planning reform bill in Telford & Wrekin. The new consultation end date matches the date for the separate ‘call for sites’ to establish what land is available for development in the borough. (Strategic Housing & Economic and Availability Assessment SHELAA). The new policies regarding the protection & provision of green spaces is particularly relevant to Newport since the Borough Council acknowledged in 2015 that Newport was lacking in green spaces.

TWC/2020/1077 -Royal Victoria Apartments , St Marys Street -Demolition of existing gable wall to south east elevation and the building of a replacement brick cavity wall.

Consultation ends 10/1/2021.Details in the link below that can be copied and pasted into your search engine :-

https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-documents-documents-public.aspx?ApplicationNumber=TWC/2020/1077