Morris Properties have teamed up with local architect Trevor Hewett to produce a scheme for redevelopment of the former Budgens (Co-op, Summerfield) site on Upper Galdeford. This scheme is now at pre-application stage. That means that the developer is seeking views from the town council, conservation committee, Shropshire Council planners and members of the public on the scheme prior to submission of a full planning application which is expected in the autumn.
The scheme is designed to fit in with the streetscape of Tower Street and Upper Galdeford along the approved redevelopment of One Stop. The treatment is modern at the back where the development faces onto the Library.
This scheme is taller than the current building and taller than the proposed redevelopment of One Stop. However, the penthouse storey will barely be visible from Upper Galdeford with only the lift shaft protruding. The west side of the building which runs alongside the alley between Upper Galdeford and the car park is set back at first floor level above the retail main retail unit. This creates a communal terrace and ensures that residents do not look immediately onto the One Stop redevelopment.
Most of the ground floor will be retail. Above that will be nineteen apartments. Three will be affordable for low cost sale. The apartments will have access to private and communal terraces.
There are twelve parking spaces at the rear and a new bench at the front by the taxi rank.
We do not know which tenants lined up for the retail units (if any are). But the planning application will be for A1 Use. That’s means no coffee shops, pubs or a Wetherspoons. Its jumpers, knickers, pills for your health and the like.
This site needs to be developed. Let me know your views on what we know so far. I’ll write much more on this in coming months as more details emerge.