TWC/2020/0809 – 74 High Street, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7BA

Application for prior approval for the change of use from Use Class A1 (Retail Shop) to Use Class A3 (Restaurants and Cafe) by Pretty Puds.

Consultation starts on the Local Plan Review

Have your say on what the future looks like for Telford and Wrekin
The Local Plan Review: Issues and Options Consultation has opened

The Local Plan Review provides residents, businesses and local stakeholders with the opportunity to engage with the plan and make comments or suggestions.
This stage of the review is known as the Issues and Options process.
Have a say on proposals around climate change, supporting our Borough Towns and local centres and employment and housing growth across the borough up to 2040.
This year the consultation is online (due to the ongoing situation) and you can comment between 12 October and 4 December.
View the Local Plan Review by copying the following into your search engine:-

Telford newt initiative designed to speed planning

T&WC has launched a scheme designed to remove obstacles from the development process while also providing better protection for great crested newts.

Telford & Wrekin Council has been building and restoring ponds for newts, using money from developers, to help speed developments through the planning process.
The scheme sees it become one of the first local authorities to be granted a special district level newt licence by Natural England.
The work has been done by the council’s in-house development consultancy APT, which provides advice to businesses on planning, building regulations and highway engineering services.
By This will help it provide better sites for the borough’s newt population while helping development projects, subject to planning permission, to be approved more quickly and cost effectively.
Mark Latham, ecology and green infrastructure specialist at APT, said: “We have around 1,000 ponds across the Telford & Wrekin borough and they are something of a hotspot for great crested newts. Under the scheme, conservation payments from developers are used to restore and improve newt habitats which will allow the number of newts to grow.”
He said that £20,000 had been invested so far at 12 sites in the borough to create or enhance existing ponds used by newts. This has been done in advance so developers can hit the ground running when the scheme opens.
Councillor Carolyn Healy, responsible for environment matters, said: “We are a very green borough and it’s great that we have the first such scheme to be fully administered by a council. Here nine in 10 households are within 300 metres of green space and we’re protecting more green spaces than ever with 16 local nature reserves in the borough, many of which are home to great crested newts, as well as over 200 ‘green guarantee’ spaces. With this licence we can create high quality habitats where we know newts can thrive, doing even more to protect the species.
“At the same time we can reduce the cost of regulation and speed up the licencing process, which helps developers.”
Jen Almond, Natural England’s district level licensing programme manager, said: “District level licensing is transforming an area of regulation from one that has been problematic for great crested newts and people into one that is a real conservation success story. Telford & Wrekin’s ambition and drive make this bespoke, locally-led scheme a win-win for both local developers and the future of this iconic species.”
APT will be explaining more about the scheme through a webinar on 25th August 2020 at 8.30am. Registration is available at
From Construction Index.

Government Launch of Planning for the future consultation to reform the planning system.

Link below to the documents launched on Thursday by the Secretary of State Robert Jenrick. It gives details of the main proposals as well as a further link to the full consultation document. The consultation ends at 11.45 pm on 29/10/2020. :-

Royal Victoria Apartments, St Marys Street, Newport. Erection of a roof extension to include the construction of 3no. apartments, removal and rebuilding of the gable wall (Full Planning application)

Details of the roof extension for the 3 additional apartments in the link below:-

Two new planning applications for Newport

Nix Service Station, Forton Road, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7JR – Proposed extension of retail unit to form two self contained retail units with formation of additional car parking
Consultation expiry date 25/03/2020

Land adjacent The Three Fish, Stafford Road, Newport, Shropshire – The erection of 2no. Drive-Thru units (A1, A3, A5) with circulatory routes, associated car parking, landscaping, and other works.
Consultation expires 27/03/2020.

New draft Housing Strategy for Telford & Wrekin (2020-2025) -Complete Online Questionnaire

New draft Housing Strategy for Telford & Wrekin (2020-2025) -Complete Online Questionnaire

Link below to the details of the draft housing proposals and the online questionnaire :-

The future of Newport High Street

Newport Civic Society has invited six Newport businesses, both old and new and from both the retail and service sectors to talk of the challenges the High Street faces togther with an opening presentation by a member of the Newport Town Team.
The presenters will respond to the questions of ‘Why Newport’, ‘What is business like in Newport’ and if they had a magic wand what would they want to see change in Newport that would improve their business.
The presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session and while refreshments are available informal discussions can take place.

The event will take place at St. Andrews Church Hall in Church Aston TF10 9JG at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th February 2020. All are welcome to attend and the normal rules apply to admission, free to members and £2 for non members to cover the costs of refreshments and hall hire costs.

Newport Regeneration Partnership -Latest News.

Newport Regeneration Partnership met at Harper Adams University recently and agreed an updated Constitution which is fit for purpose as the members work with Telford & Wrekin Council, Harper Adams University, Newport Town Council and all partners, for the benefit of Newport and the surrounding rural areas.
The new document has enabled the Partnership to appoint a new Senior Team, this is headed by Eric Carter as the President, with Stephen Bentley as Chairman and Bill Harper and David Griffin, elected as Vice Chairmen. The new Constitution will also enable more organisations, groups, businesses and authorities to join the partnership.
The Partnership will meet regularly to ensure a good working relationship and to offer support, ideas and concerns (where necessary) to officers and the developers as they work towards the Innovative Ni Park development off the A518 in Newport.
There was a good attendance, with 18 partner organisations represented, and a strong will and commitment to working together for the Town and surrounding Parishes.
Officers of Telford & Wrekin Council attended to update members of the strategy and infrastructure for the development that will see Agri-Tech businesses move to the new site in the coming years, offering high quality jobs, bringing innovative ideas and supporting the area with extensive new ideas and ground-breaking initiatives.
Stephen Bentley, said “Newport Regeneration Partnership has been working with and for its partners for over 30 years and is looking forward to a bright future for Newport and the surrounding areas, bringing new jobs, innovative ideas and supporting businesses, the local authority and Harper Adams University as they strive to put Edgmond, Newport, Telford & Shropshire at the fore-front of Agri-Tech initiatives”

Telford & Wrekin Council SHELAA – Call for Sites

Telford & Wrekin Council is inviting land owners to submit sites which may be suitable for future development.
The Council has to identify a future supply of land which is suitable, available and achievable for economic development, housing and other uses, such as renewable energy leisure developments. It is the Council’s priority to identify land for employment development.
The Council will assess all site submissions, consider the location, potential constraints and uses on each site. To be included within the Call for Sites potential sites should be at least 0.25 hectares in size or capable of providing at least 5 homes. The Call for Sites does not guarantee that the Council will support or allocate the site for development.
This is a new exercise and will replace information gathered as part of the 2012 Call for Sites, land owners will have to re-submit sites for consideration. For information on how to submit a site, please visit: The deadline for submissions is Summer 2020, a final date will be posted on the ‘Call for Sites’ webpage in due course.
The results will be published in the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) and provide an evidence base of potential sites to inform future planning policy work.
Telford & Wrekin Council has also published two documents on our website:
• A new Local Development Scheme (LDS): this sets out the local planning authority’s timetable for preparing documents which form part of its Development Plans.
• A new Statement of Community Involvement (SCI): this sets out how the council intends to engage with the local community in planning issues.