SAMDev and SUE

See our submission to Shropshire Council
What is it?

“Site Allocation and Management of Development” and the south “Sustainable Urban Extension” are important PLANNING commitments that will come from Shropshire Council.
The south SUE proposal includes the development of the Percy Thrower Garden Centre and the building of the Waitrose Supermarket and also provides for business areas and housing all the way from Wenlock Road to the Football Ground. The other side of Oteley Rd will go for housing right down to the Rea Brook.

“Sustainable”
Don’t get too excited about the word “sustainable” – in “planner-speak” it means mixed housing and business and some effort to include cycling and public transport as part of the plan. There is no committment to include solar or wind energy production nor to raise the standard of building above the minimum required.

SFoE
SFoE has responded to the consultation and made these points. Other points include that continuous cycle routes should link with existing and as far as wildlife is concerned it is vital that an adequate corridor is left along the Rea Brook.


The consultation. The issues. The problems

The SAMDev consultation ran for a few months and concerned areas designated for development throughout Shropshire.

We could deal only with the issues around those in Shrewsbury and we attended several meetings arranged by Shropshire Council or the Town Council. We also visited some of the areas before sending in a comprehensive submission. This is a very important issue because the sites that are included in the final plan will be presumed OK for development and objection at planning permission stage will be very unlikely to get anywhere.

Lots of people have questioned why we need to find sites for a 20% increase in housing when there are so many existing houses for sale or rent. This is a fair question but the Council is obliged to do this exercise and if they didn’t then we would be even more in the hands of developers.

Why? Because if there is no plan then a developer may propose to build anywhere and unless there are very good reasons for refusal “there shall be a presumption in favour of granting permission”.


ST JULIANS FRIARS/WYLE COP

SAMDev and SUE

No! we are not announcing a planned romantic commitment – this is about an important PLANNING
commitment that will come from Shropshire Council’s proposals on “Site Allocation and Management
of Development” and the south “Sustainable Urban Extension”.

The south SUE proposal includes the development of the Percy Thrower Garden Centre and the
building of the Waitrose Supermarket and also provides for business areas and housing all the way
from Wenlock Road to the Football Ground. The other side of Oteley Rd will go for housing right down
to the Rea Brook.

Don’t get too excited about the word “sustainable” – in “planner-speak” it means mixed housing and
business and some effort to include cycling and public transport as part of the plan. There is nothing
committing them to include solar or wind energy production nor to raise the standard of building
above the minimum required.

We have responded to the consultation and made these points. We have also said defined and
continuous cycle routes should link with existing and as far as wildlife is concerned it is vital that an
adequate corridor is left along the Rea Brook.

The SAMDev consultation ran for a few months and concerned areas designated for development
throughout Shropshire. We could deal only with the issues around those in Shrewsbury and we
attended several meetings arranged by Shropshire Council or the Town Council. We also visited some
of the areas before sending in a comprehensive submission. This is a very important issue because the
sites that are included in the final plan will be presumed OK for development and objection at planning
permission stage will be very unlikely to get anywhere. Lots of people have questioned why we need to
find sites for a 20% increase in housing when there are so many existing houses for sale or rent. This is
a fair question but the Council is obliged to do this exercise and if they didn’t then we would be even
more in the hands of developers.

Why? Because if there is no plan then a developer may propose to build anywhere and unless there
are very good reasons for refusal “there shall be a presumption in favour of granting permission”.

A letter sent to the Shropshire Star, 13/11/2012

The Rea Brook in Shrewsbury is a much loved precious resource and once again it's under pressure.
 
The housing proposal for the Sutton Nursery site on Oteley Rd includes housing right down to the edge of the floodplain, creating a very narrow corridor as there is already housing very close to the north edge of the Brook at this point.
 
I don't object to this site being developed, what i object to is over development.  The developers could easily pull the northern edge of the estate back from the current line.  This should include chopping off the north east corner of their proposal so that the bank up to the Greek Orthodox Church is kept as part of the valley rather than being cut off from the brook. 
 
Unfortunately the developers won't do this just because I've asked them to, what we need is for everyone who cares for the Rea Brook to let them know that this overdevelopment is unacceptable.  So please attend the exhibitions either the the Lord Hill or Shirehall and/or write to Taylor Wimpey.  We also need to let the local Councillors know the strength of opinion against this proposal so don't forget to contact them as well.

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