Speaker Programme Autumn 2021.

We would normally at this time of year be announcing our program of speakers for September through to November, and collecting subs for the next year, a decision to defer the next subs until next September has been taken. However, due to a number of issues including the recent rise in Covid infection rates; the potential for the increase to accelerate with the return of the school pupils to classes; the concern as to the effectiveness of the vaccines possibly decreasing after 6 months, and the lack of clarity as to ‘booster jabs and delivery of the usual flu vaccines, it would appear to be putting members and supporters at unnecessary risk by holding speaker meetings at this time.

We will continue to communicate with members and supporters through email notifications regarding planning applications; distributing Civic Voice updates providing details of the excellent work Civic Voice is undertaking on national issues of importance together with any other matters which we think would be of interest plus through this website.

We will continue to review the risks related to Covid and should the situation improve then we will look to bring forward speaker meeting events.

TWC/2021/0401 – Former Royal Victoria Hotel – AMENDED PLANS AND DESCRIPTION****


Article 15 of The Town & Country Planning
(Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

Section 67/73 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

Regulation 5 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Regulations 1990

Application number:

Former Royal Victoria Hotel, St Marys Street, Newport, Shropshire
I give notice that:
Town Centre Properties Ltd
Is applying to Telford & Wrekin Council for:
Conversion and extension of former hotel into 17no. apartments, including retention of existing façade, associated works and partial demolition (Full Planning Application) ****AMENDED PLANS AND DESCRIPTION****

Members of the public can view the application, plans and other documents submitted online at
https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/home.aspx or electronically at Telford & Wrekin Council, Business & Planning First Point, Wellington Civic Offices, Wellington, Telford, TF2 2FH between 8.45am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday when the offices reopen.
Anyone who wishes to make representations about this application should write to the Council before 20/09/2021.
Valerie Hulme
On behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council

TWC/2021/0795 -Land West of Station Road, Newport, Shropshire

Erection of 301no dwellings with associated access, open space, landscaping and drainage and ancillary infrastructure and ground remodelling.

To view the application summary click the link below


Telford & Wrekin Council planning application alert – TWC/2021/0796

Application Number: TWC/2021/0796 Date Valid: 05/08/2021
Land West of Station Road, Newport, Shropshire
Description: Erection of an extra care facility containing 70no. affordable self-contained apartments (Use Class C2) and associated communal and public facilities with associated access, car parking and landscaping
To view the application click the link below


TWC/2021/0672 – 40-42 High St (Subway) – Waitrose Alley – Alterations to the rear of the existing building to form a glazed shop frontage, outside seating area and separate access.

Details of the application can be best seen in the Planning and Heritage Statement listed in the link below. Cut and paste the link into your search engine:-


Planning application -Site of Plough Farm Nursery, Plough Lane, Newport – Erection of 9no. dwellings and associated infrastructure.

Details of the application are in the link below which you can cut and paste to your search engine :-


Telford & Wrekin Council suspends development plan amid national planning policy shake-up

Details in the link below which can be copied and posted into your search engine:-


Plans to increase in number of councillors rejected – but ward maps set to be redrawn-input from local people requested

The article in the link below contains a link to the Boundary Commission website which asks local people for views on where the boundaries should be drawn. The consultation closes on 2 August 2021. Paste the link in your search engine :-


Bloor Homes -A high quality community in Newport -PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Details of the plans and consultation in the link below which you can paste into your search engine:-


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