Day: 5 February 2016

Please come to see the plans for 25 homes on the site of the former council offices. Next Tuesday, 9 February from 5pm to 7pm. The drop in session will be in the Feathers Hotel, in the room on the left inside the front door. I am more than a little annoyed by a press release issued by Shropshire Council on Thursday promoting the Stone House development. The council has broken its own protocols.[i] The media statement promotes the Stone House development with glowing praise. But it fails to mention that Shropshire Council has a significant financial interest in the site gaining planning permission. Purcell, the developers chosen by the council, are required to buy the site from Shropshire Council once planning permission is granted. That means it is in the council’s financial interest to promote the site at every stage of the planning system. This application is controversial. The town council and the conservation committee have lodged objections. Many of their concerns are backed by residents. I will be making a formal objection later in the month saying I think that this scheme needs more work before it can be approved.

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