Outline plans have been submitted for nine houses on the former Whittles coach depot on Fishmore Road. Few details are given in the outline application for the 0.4 hectare site other than an outline plan and a brief description (23/03716/OUT). The lack of information has led to an objection from the Environment Agency which is concerned about contamination on the site from previous uses and the potential for pollution of watercourses if contaminants are disturbed.
There is no mention of affordable housing in the outline proposal. However, an affordable housing contribution will need to be paid. It is however commonplace for developers of brownfield sites to argue that the costs for development are so high that affordable housing is unaffordable.
There can be no objection in principle to redevelopment of this site which is an eyesore but more information will be required before the application can be accepted. That may mean that Shropshire Council ask for it to be withdrawn until the application is sufficiently advanced to be decided.
Along with resolving the Environment Agency’s questions, the applicant will undoubtedly need an ecological survey to identify any bat roosts etc.
This new application has been submitted in the name of Mrs N Hawker. In 2019, planning officers rejected a scheme for 18 homes on the site due to poor design. Planning permission for an earlier scheme of 20 homes has expired.