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 :-

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 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 :-

Plans for 350 homes and business space set to be approved

Details in the link below:-

The Review of the Telford & Wrekin Local Plan Consultation on Issues & Options Extension of closing date for comments – 5pm on 8th January 2021

Due to the current lockdown T&WC have decided to extend the Consultation on the Local Plan Review Issues and Options document. The consultation started on 12th October 2020 and will now run to the 8th January 2021.

This is a key stage of the Local Plan Review, seeking views on the scale of future development and options for updating planning policies and new planning policies to inform future planning decisions.

The relevant documents and information on the consultation can be found at

If you would like to comment on the Consultation document you can view the documents and submit a comment questionnaire form by logging into the Telford & Wrekin Planning Policy Consultation Portal accessed through the T&WC webpage at . The document can also be downloaded from this site.
The consultation closes at 5pm on the 8th January 2021. If you have already submitted a questionnaire form you are not required to re-submit.

Planning White Paper – Consultation Response plus Have your say on what the future looks like for Telford and Wrekin The Local Plan Review: Issues and Options Consultation has opened

Below is the response by Newport and District Civic Society to the Planning White Paper:

‘NDCS has been a member of Civic Voice(‘CV’) since its inception and prior to that was a member of Civic Trust.

Over many years we have been involved in a variety of both planning and wider issues relating to Newport and its rural hinterland. Most recently in the 5years up to the adoption by Telford & Wrekin Council ( T&WC) in January 2018 of the T&WC Local Plan 2011 to 2031 (‘T&WC LP’). We responded to T&WC at each stage of the consultation process for the draft Local Plan, submitted evidence to the Inspector in the emerging Local Plan (eLP) process as well as providing oral submissions at the Examination stage of the eLP.
We were also a driving force behind the preparation and subsequent adoption by T&WC of the Neigbourhood Plan for Newport.

As you will appreciate from the above, we have not only considerable knowledge if both planning and wider related issues but also the process and procedures for both local plans and neighbourhood plans. We have attended most of the Civic Voice webinars on different aspects of the Planning White Paper and have participated in their survey, but being in a rural area within an urban Local Planning Authority we have our own views we which to express.

1. Zoning
We cannot see any real evidence which justifies the assertions that ‘zoning’ would lead to a simplified process and, therefore, shortened periods for the production of local plans. The identification and designation of sites with potential for development within a local plan was from our experience one of the areas that took most of the time within the Local Plan process. Further delays and threatened legal challenges from aggrieved land owners were only averted by the agreement to consider site allocations within 5 years of the adoption of the T&WC LP.
If all that the process entails is compressed into a system for up-front agreement of the zones then this exercise will be so massive and fraught with legal challenges that it will lengthen as opposed to shortening and simplifying the process. If local landowners fear they have a once only chance to have their land included in the Local Plan, then they will resort to legal challenges to protect the value of the land they own.

In the light of the above we strongly urge that the government reconsider its proposals regards zoning.

2. Housing Numbers
The proposed return to centralising overall housing targets to Whitehall would appear from statements made by the Housing Minister to be an area that government has already accepted needs further consideration by them and revised proposals to be further consulted on in due course. On this basis we will not provide any further comment other than supporting the submission made by Civic Voice this month to the government consultation ‘ Changes to the current Planning System’.

3. Neighbourhood Plans (NPs)
We are very disappointed by the proposals to limit the ambit and value of NPs. The proposals look to us like a last-minute sop to NPs, which would otherwise be completely removed from the planning process. In the early part of the previous decade across the country we were asked by the then government to buy-in to ‘localism’ in its many facets. We did this though the many consultations leading up to the Examination of the eLP and in driving the process locally for what became the Newport Neighbourhood Plan. A great deal of time and resources were provided by local people to both these processes.
The proposal that NPs should now deal only with design issues takes away both a valuable process and document by which our market town and many in the rural hinterland could have a voice in what otherwise was a process dominated by the requirements of the urban area of Telford.

We ask that the government seriously reconsiders its proposals on NPs which smack of centralising the most important parts of the wider planning process in Whitehall.

4. S106 / CIL
Our own experience of trying to get to get T&WC to release figures to identify what monies they hold from S106 funds leads us to support the proposals by government to completely replace what has been an overly complex and opaque process.
The new process must ensure that monies raised are spent to improve the infrastructure local to the development rather than go into a central fund within the LPA.

Notwithstanding the proposals for some kind of design council whose membership would include all the relevant parties across the board, we can only say that our experience in an area where T&WC has produced design codes of various kinds is that taking housing as an example, the major and medium sized house builders have for the most part used the requirements from government to achieve annual national and local housing targets as an excuse to depart by even minor changes to the standard housing that they build on large, medium or even small housing estates both across the country, and locally.
Any attempt we have made on the individual planning applications to seek compliance to the local design codes have been met by the planning officers report to plans committee saying that the application should be treated as an exception to the design codes on the basis of the requirements to meet housing targets.

David Griffin
Chairman Newport & District Civic Society (Shropshire)’.

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

If you have any views on the Local Plan consultation which you would like NDCS to include in its response to the consultation then please email David Griffin by no later than 5 pm on Wednesday 11 November 2020.
For ease of reference paste the link below in your search engine to access the consultation documents:-

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. :-