Ellesmere COUNCILORS have raised concerns about an urban planning request for a change of use from agricultural buildings to dwellings in the city due to access issues.
The request, at Rose Cottage, The Cross – in Ellesmere – was discussed at Monday’s city council plenary meeting held at Town Hall.
Shropshire Councilor Geoff Elner, who also sits on Ellesmere Town Council, said his personal objections to the plans were based on highways issues – echoing issues with opponents’ demand, as he was raised that the land was potentially a greenbelt.
It was agreed to formally comment on the City Council Planning Portal, stating: “Ellesmere City Council has concerns about this request due to the dangerous road and inadequate access.
“He would like to have more details as to whether this site is in the green belt and would like to see the answers to the questions raised by the roads department before he is able to decide whether he supports or opposes. this application.”
The comment joins two objections from the inhabitants.
John Richards also highlighted the green belt and access issues, and added, “This is just profitable development with no benefit to the surrounding area.
Dilys Thomas-Wilson said the plans would “intrude on our privacy” and also highlighted issues of access and land legality.
Plans submitted to Shropshire Council indicate that the current building has been redundant for many years, but despite degradation of the wood and masonry it would be adequate for conversion.
The consultation for the plans ends on Tuesday, November 16 and for anyone wishing to comment, go to https://pa.shropshire.gov.uk/online-applications and search 21/04694 / PMBPA.
Councilors have not commented on plans to demolish an existing veranda that would be replaced with a one-story extension at The Oaklands on Elson Road.
Meanwhile, councilors have postponed a discussion of an informal approach by Ellesmere Rangers Football Club to pave the way to their Beech Grove home until a firmer proposal is presented.