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The Parish Councils Response to T&WC’s Local Plan Consultation
29th January 2024

Dawley Hamlets Parish Council appreciates the need for extra housing to accommodate the rapidly increasing population of Telford, but believe that the four areas shown in the Local Plan:

413 - Upper Coalmoor Farm - 200 properties on 8.49 ha - 0.04 ha per property - not allowing for roads and footpaths

696 - South of Coalmoor Road - 200 properties on 8.50 ha - 0.04 ha per property - not allowing for roads and footpaths

187 - West of Wellington Road - 70 properties on 3.51 ha - 0.05 ha per property - not allowing for roads and footpaths

302 - Meadowvale Nurseries and Garden Centre - 150 properties on 3.04 ha - 0.02 ha per property - not allowing for roads and footpaths

would change the village character of Horsehay and alter the quality of life of its residents, in order to alleviate these expected changes, DHPC gives the following recommendations:

A total of 620 properties in the proposed areas would bring a large number of extra vehicles onto the already busy roads in the area, leading to the need for a detailed traffic plan which looks at the speed limits on the roads, new junctions on the present roads at the access points to the new developments, provision for safe pedestrian crossings due to extra traffic in the area, along with footpaths around the area, all of which needs to be in place before building begins, There is a danger if the 4 developments are agreed upon, but not built at the same time, a detailed traffic plan would not go ahead. Forward thinking is a priority.

Much thought needs to be given to the provision of an increase in community facilities, shops, medical centres and the provision of school places, all of which are at present lacking in the Horsehay area, for not only the new residents, but also present residents, these new facilities being in place, ready for new residents moving into the developments.

A study of the local water courses, to ensure that the proposed developments do not increase the risk of local flooding.

In conclusion, Dawley Hamlets Parish Council is not in favour of the developments shown in the Development Plan, unless the above recommendations are acted upon.

 

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