TWC/2021/1225 – Construction of a solar farm comprising ground mounted solar photovoltaic arrays together with battery energy storage facility.

Details of the above application and associated works can be viewed by copying the link below into your search engine. Comments to T&WC by no later than 31/1/2022 :-

Land adjacent Lion Inn, 1 Newport Road, Edgmond – Erection of 27affordable homes (5no. shared ownership and 22no. affordable rent) and associated access, landscaping and drainage works.

Details of the above can be accessed by copying the link below into your search engine. Any comments to T&WC by 25/1/2022 :-

Work to turn Newport hotel into apartments will restart in the new year.

Extract from article by Charlotte Bentley Shropshire Star.

Full planning permission was granted to the developer on November 22 this year by Telford and Wrekin Council for 17 apartments at the former Royal Victoria Hotel.

After 18 months of deadlock, Town Centre Properties finally got the go-ahead for the additional mansard roof which will house the three extra apartments.

Quotes are being called for construction works, with building due to restart in the new year.

Former Adams Grammar School student and managing director of Town Centre Properties, Roger Brock, said: “This news from the planning office is what we have campaigned for over the last 18 months. The works we have completed to date meant that we had to push forward with the plans in order to recoup the massive losses we have incurred to date.”

TWC/2021/1111 – Linden Hall Surgery, Station Road – Change of use of outbuilding into medical consulting rooms with reception, wc, 10no rooflights and installation of access ramp.

Details in the link below. Any comments to T&W by 17/12/21 :-

Society News

The Society is considering offering to host a meeting of representatives from other local groups and voluntary bodies to see if any common issues which relate to the town and its future would benefit from being addressed by representatives and/or volunteers from other local groups/voluntary bodies. The meeting would be held at a date yet to be fixed towards the end of January 2022.

The Blue Diamond Group acquires Mere Park Garden Centre.

The Blue Diamond Group announce the 38th Garden Centre acquisition, Mere Park Garden Centre in Newport, Shropshire.

Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper said: “Mere Park Garden Centre has excellent A1 retail planning permission and is a quality freehold asset. The site has strong potential and Newport has a strong AB1 demographic.”

David Brierley, the former owner of the garden centre said: “I am delighted to have sold Mere Park to the leading garden centre operator in the UK and look forward to watching the business thrive as part of the Blue Diamond Group.”

Details about the Blue Diamond Group can be found in the link below:-

Plans for former Newport hotel to be converted into 17 apartments approved.

Extract from report by Charlotte Bentley Shropshire Star.

Telford and Wrekin Council has approved plans for the former Royal Victoria hotel on St Mary’s Street, Newport to be converted into accommodation.

Back in 2018, full planning permission and listed building consent was granted for the “demolition of rear extension and the internal floors for the conversion of the hotel into 12 no. apartments.

The application’s design and access statement said: “All conditions on these consents have been discharged and the applicant is therefore in a position to implement the approved scheme.
There will be no further demolitions compared to the original permitted scheme other than the gable wall where a Structural Engineers Report has confirmed this wall as being unsafe. The removal of the existing roof and the interior had already been permitted in the 2018 consent and no other structural changes or removal of historic fabric are proposed.”

A conservation officer said the main significance of the former hotel was it’s historical aspects and the surviving architecture of its frontage.

Their report read: “Generally speaking, the architectural merit lies mainly within its principal elevation which fronts St. Mary’s Street and has the biggest visual impact on the street scene. Therefore, the retention of the façade and in addition the basement (currently not utilised) and lobby are supported.”

The design and access statement also confirmed that a total of seven parking spaces already provided is “considered to be suitable in view of the town centre location of the site and the availability of on-street parking and other sustainable modes of transport.”

The former Royal Victoria Hotel -Developer claims paying school and play area improvement contributions will make project ‘unviable’

Extract from an article by Alex Moore Shropshire Star.

In 2017, Hawk Developments Ltd and Town Centre Properties Ltd were granted permission to convert Newport’s Royal Victoria Hotel into seven apartments and build 21 terraced houses behind it, between St Marys Street and Water Lane.
In a report for Telford and Wrekin’s Planning Committee, council officers note that this included an agreement to pay £72,070 and £16,800 towards education and recreation respectively, but Wem-based Hawk Developments has applied to remove these, saying the development would be “relatively finely balanced” even without them.
Officers recommend the committee grants the necessary “deed of variation”, adding that they accept the company’s justification and its case has been independently assessed.
Section 106 of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act allows councils to enter into contracts with developers, requesting money for facilities, affordable housing or other benefits as part of the planning process. Section 106a allows councils to amend those agreements or discharge them where they “no longer serve a planning purpose”, the planners’ report says. The report notes that Town Centre Properties has already transferred the 21 houses to the Wrekin Housing Group.
A summary of further parts of the officers report is to the effect that :-
In December 2018, the applicant’s primary funder was placed into administration and placed in a position of having to re-pay borrowings with a half-completed development with no immediate finance to complete the development, resulting in a substantial loss. Officers accept the applicant’s justification that the section 106 agreement as approved is now unviable and needs to be reconsidered for the applicant as a willing developer to bring the site forward.
The applicant has demonstrated that, with the omission of the sums for education and recreation, the proposed development of the site is financially viable, albeit acknowledging that the financial viability is relatively finely balanced.
The Telford and Wrekin Council Planning Committee is due to meet on Wednesday, November 24 to consider the proposed removal of the obligation to make payment towards the education and recreation budgets.

TWC/2021/0796 -Erection of an extra care facility containing 70no. affordable self-contained apartments (Use Class C2)

Objection from Newport and District Civic Society
In relation to our comments on the above application submitted in our email of 21st September 2021 below, we have reviewed the amendments to the original application submitted by Bloors under cover of the Bloors letter dated 19th October 2021 and make the following objections :-
1. The amendments seem only to propose changes for the car parking issues and minimal consequent changes to the site landscaping but do not make any comment on the other matters raised in our email of 21st September 2021.
2. The issues on height, size, mass and design of the building and associated communal and public facilities, together with the location of the proposed development at one of the main entrances to Newport remain unanswered. We would remind you that it was the T&W Council who required extensive changes to the extra care facility proposed as part of application W2008/0934. We would ask why the Council on this current application are not raising the same issues as in 2008.
3. In addition to our comments below, we understand that a Team call took place on 10th September 2021 which in part discussed highway issues in the immediate surrounds to the development including the accesses onto Station Road and the A518. On the call from the Council were Cllr David Wright, James Dunn and Valerie Hulme. It is understood that the Council were to respond to the questions raised around 5/6 weeks after the call. The issues raised need to be addressed before the application is taken to the Plans Board but with adequate time to allow review and comment to any response by those on the Team call.

Sent: 21 September 2021 20:51

Subject: TWC/2021/0796 -Erection of an extra care facility containing 70no.affordable self-contained apartments (Use Class C2)

Comment from Newport and District Civic Society

In relation to the height, size, mass and design of the building and associated communal and public facilities plus parking etc, together with the location of the proposed development at one of the entrances to Newport, we would refer you to the changes the Council required for the extra care facility proposed as part of application W2008/0934. For ease of reference of these changes, refer to the summary in Section 7 of the Design and Access Statement-Revision January 2011 in the 2008 application.

Many of the aspects of the building and associated areas for TWC/2021/0796 were contained in the original design for the apartment buildings proposed on the W2008/0934 site to which T&WC Planning Dept. objected and achieved considerable design changes from the applicant.

The objections by T&WC Planning Dept are just as relevant now or even more so given the current actions/proposals from the current government in setting up a design council type body in urging improvements in design standards.

The design not only for the building but also for the courtyard area etc repeat many aspects which T&WC required to be changed in the original 2008 application.

We would urge T&WC Planning Dept to work with the developer to seek significant changes to reflect not only those in Section 7 of the D&A Statement referenced above but also changes for 2021 given concerns for improved design standards not only for the design and layout of the building but also for areas like the courtyard which for most of the year will be in shade given the size/mass of the building as well as quality of enjoyment given the close proximity to the road and car parking area.

Multi-million pound scheme to create Newport’s flagship agricultural technology park reaches key milestone.

Details carried by the Shropshire Star in the link below :-