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VIDEO: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire

BBC Shropshire - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 21:51
Workers hand pick petals in 10 day harvest
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AUDIO: Judo star's gold followed friend's death

BBC Shropshire - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00
The mother of judo gold medalist Sarah Adlington from Shropshire tells the BBC her daughter had to cope with the death of a close friend the day before becoming Commonwealth Champion.
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Former West Midlands MEP dies

BBC Shropshire - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 09:43
Former West Midlands MEP Christine Oddy dies, aged 58.
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Protest camp at proposed drill site

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 16:10
Protesters set up a camp at a proposed gas drilling site in north Shropshire.
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Hot meals on wheels to be scrapped

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:30
A hot meals on wheels service in Shropshire is expected to be scrapped later this year.
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Ex-policeman jailed for sex offences

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:46
A retired police sergeant from Shropshire is jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of historical sex offences against two children.
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Decisions made by South planning committee on 22 July 2014

Shropshire Council - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:29

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

Proposed residential development south of A49, Ludlow (13/03862/OUT)  Outline application for residential development (up to 215 dwellings); public open space; highways works; access roads and pedestrian footbridges; and a Neighbourhood Store (Class A1 Retail) not exceeding 300 sq.m internal floor space, associated engineering and accommodation works. 

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

The proposed development, through the close proximity and the associated dangers of the A49, River Corve and the railway, noise from road traffic and train movements, and the potential for an increased number of train journeys in the future would detract from the living conditions and be detrimental to the amenities and safety of residents.  The site has poor accessibility and is considered to be an unsuitable location for residential development contrary to Policy CS6 Sustainable Design and Development Principles of the Council’s adopted Core Strategy and Paragraph 17 (point 4) of the NPPF.  These adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits in terms of the site contributing to the supply of housing land in Shropshire.

  Land south Of A464, Shifnal (13/04840/FUL)  Mixed residential development of 66 dwellings and garages. 

Decision: That planning permission be granted as a departure subject to:

  • Satisfactory agreement being reached on a Section 106 Agreement relating to affordable housing provision;
  • Contributions to the Travel and Movement Strategy for Shifnal and reduction of speed limit on a section of the A464 Wolverhampton Road;
  • Provision and maintenance of the open space by an appropriate body;
  • Satisfactory amendments being made to the Great Crested Newt mitigation strategy;
  • The conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report; and

Development to commence before the expiration of two years from the date of permission.

  Land south of Woodbatch Road, Bishop’s Castle (14/00885/OUT)  Outline application for mixed residential development and formation of a vehicular and pedestrian access. 

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

  • The Bishop’s Castle community had overwhelmingly rejected sites on this side of the town for housing development during a rigorous SAMDev consultation exercise because of access problems to the town’s hinterland.  Other more appropriate sites had been identified;
  • A need for affordable housing had been identified in the area and the contribution of this application to the affordable housing stock would be minimal; and
  • This proposal would exacerbate the already significant traffic problems that exist along Kerry Lane.  To exit the proposed development site and the town, traffic would have to use Kerry Lane, which, in places is a single track road, has no footpath in places, has five junctions within close proximity, and is already unsuitable for existing residents and businesses. The deficiencies in the local road network would not achieve a good standard of amenity for existing occupants of the area and the occupants of the proposed dwellings.

Accordingly, the proposed development would be contrary to paragraph 17 of the National Planning Policy Framework and Core Strategy policy CS6 whereby the adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits.

  Land off Oldbury Road, Bridgnorth (14/01016/OUT)  Outline application (access for approval) for mixed residential development. 

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

The proposed development would have a detrimental impact upon the character and appearance of the Oldbury Conservation Area and its setting through the erosion of the rural character of the north eastern approach to the village by built development on this site, and the loss of a visually prominent section of roadside hedgerow and trees.  The proposed development would therefore be contrary to Shropshire Core Strategy policies CS6 and CS17 and paragraphs 131, 135 and 138 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and these adverse impacts would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits in terms of the site contributing to the supply of housing land in Shropshire.

  The Rectory, Church Street, Broseley, TF12 5DA (14/01393/FUL)  Erection of rectory; improvements to existing rectory; repositioning of boundary wall; and formation of vehicular access. 

Decision: That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation and subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report.


  Proposed residential development land off St Stephens Place, Bridgnorth (14/01690/FUL)  Residential development of 22 dwellings; erection of estates office; formation of communal garden areas and open space (revised scheme). 

Decision: That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation, subject to:

  • A Section 106 Agreement to control the occupation of the residential units;
  • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report; and

An additional condition to ensure the location of the communal bin storage area be approved in writing by the local planning authority prior to the first occupation of the dwellings.

  Proposed exception dwelling south of Upper Stedment, Ratlinghope (14/01796/FUL)  Erection of affordable dwelling and detached domestic garage; installation of sewage treatment plant. 

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to and in consultation with the Chairman, appropriate conditions being added relating to:

  • A Section 106 Agreement relating to an affordable housing restriction;
  • Landscaping;
  • Fencing;
  • Ground levels;
  • Ecology;
  • Drainage; and

Design and materials.

  Elm Road Stores, Bishton Road, Albrighton (14/01841/FUL)  Erection of 3 bedroom detached bungalow with integral garage following demolition of existing store. 

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

  • The proposed development, by reason of the full gable roof form, large expanse of roof and ridge height which would exceed that of the adjacent bungalow to the east, would result in a dwelling which would be an overdevelopment of the site, detracting from the amenities of the adjacent properties through having an overbearing impact, and detracting from the character and appearance of the streetscene.  The proposal would therefore be contrary to Shropshire Core Strategy policy CS6 and paragraphs 56 to 64 of the National Planning Policy Framework.


  Butlers Of Cleobury, Brunswick House, 23 High Street, Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 8BY (14/02130/LBC)  Installation of replacement windows to include double glazing to rear ground and first floor affecting a Grade II Listed Building. 

Decision: That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report.



For further information relating to each of the decisions go to our online planning register and search for an application by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

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Service at Shrewsbury Abbey on Sunday 3 August to commemorate World War I

Shropshire Council - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:04

News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office

The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber-Percy KCVO, has arranged a special service to commemorate 100 years since the commencement of World War I to be held at Shrewsbury Abbey on Sunday 3 August 2014 commencing at 10am.

Leading the service will be the Vicar of Shrewsbury Abbey the Rev Paul Firmin, together with the Right Reverend Mark Rylands, Bishop of Shrewsbury and Father David Mawson, Chaplain, 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment.

Representatives from a cross section of society have been invited to the service.  The role of Shropshire in World War I will be read by Councillor Malcolm Pate, Chairman of Shropshire Council.  The lessons will be read by Major General J Crackett TD, Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) and Group Captain APT Smith MA RAF, Station Commander RAF Shawbury.

The Lord-Lieutenant will be leading a special Prayer at the service.  The Lord-Lieutenant said:

“The service to mark the centenary of the beginning of World War I promises to be a very special occasion.  I am looking forward to seeing so many people from all across the county to help commemorate this important anniversary.”

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Repairs to Church Window Bridge near Gretton

Shropshire Council - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 09:51

Church Window Bridge, which carries the Longville in the Dale to Gretton road over a watercourse approximately half a mile east of Gretton, is to close for essential repairs on Monday 18 August 2014.

The proposed work is necessary because a routine inspection has revealed that the condition of bridge’s northern end has recently deteriorated significantly. The defects found include fresh cracking in the bridge’s arch barrel and heavy bulging of the adjacent spandrel and wing walls.

The proposed repair will involve taking down and rebuilding the damaged parts.

Unfortunately, because of the relatively narrow nature of the bridge, it will be necessary to close it to traffic in order to carry out the proposed work safely.  It is therefore proposed to close the bridge to traffic for a period of up to eight weeks starting on Monday 18 August 2014.

When the bridge is closed, it is proposed to divert traffic along Gilberries Lane and the B4371 road.

Access over the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available throughout the proposed work.

Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for bridge maintenance, said:

‘‘This is essential work which needs to be carried out to ensure that the bridge can continue to remain open safely in the long term.

‘‘Whilst it is appreciated that the road closure will cause inconvenience, please be assured that everyone involved in the repair will do all that they reasonably can to reopen the road as soon as possible.”

Tim Barker, local Shropshire Councillor for Burnell, and Cecilia Motley, local Shropshire Councillor for Corvedale, said:

“Whilst it is obviously imperative and necessary that this work is carried out, it is to be hoped that it can be completed more quickly than scheduled, to minimise the disruption.  The alternative route should cause minimal disruption, but we do appreciate that this lane is much used and valued by all of us.”

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Scotland win three more judo golds

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 22:06
Euan Burton wins one of three judo golds for Scotland after his English wife Gemma Gibbons has to settle for silver.
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Absconder arrested after weeks

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 17:28
One of dozens of prisoners currently on the run from a Derbyshire prison has been arrested in Shropshire.
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Games 'hell and heaven' for Williams

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:43
Shrewsbuy's judo contender starves to win gold
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Home nations continue judo dominance

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 20:46
Shrewsbury's Danny Williams wins one of England's three gold medals on day two of the Commonwealth Games judo in Glasgow.
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VIDEO: Williams wins judo gold for England

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 19:06
Shrewsbury's Danny Williams wins a tough final against New Zealand's Adrian Leat to take Commonwealth gold and record his first major tournament win.
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PC in 'sex, cash and gifts' claims

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:03
A police officer is accused of having a sexual relationship and extracting £100,000 from an elderly man she met after his son was killed by an axe-murderer.
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Road closure needed to allow emergency works on The Mount, Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 12:28

The Mount, Shrewsbury has been closed to allow immediate work to be done to repair a collapsed sewer, it has been confirmed.

A suspected road collapse on the Mount was reported yesterday and both Shropshire Council and Severn Trent Water visited the scene to investigate the reports. After further investigations by Severn Trent Water it was confirmed this morning that the issue was caused bya collapsed sewer. Due to the location of the collapse, a full road closure is necessary to allow the issue to be resolved.

A signed diversion will divert traffic via Shelton Road, Copthorne Road, Frankwell Island and vice versa. At this stage, it is unclear how long the works will take to complete and for the road to be reopened.

We will keep you informed with any updates as and when we receive them.


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Woman and dog killed in house fire

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 21:23
A 76-year-old woman and her pet dog die in a house fire in Telford.
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Renicks sisters claim golden double

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:44
Telford's Kelly Edwards wins silver after being beaten by Scotland's Louise Renicks in the -52kg judo final at the Commonwealth Games.
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Dentist struck off after failings

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 19:01
A dentist who failed to spot mouth problems, kept poor records and prescribed antibiotics without examining patients is struck off.
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Koran-ripping football fans banned

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:38
A football fan from Shrewsbury is one of three to receive a life ban after tearing pages from the Koran during a match.
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