Our proposals for the land at Weir Hill present a high-quality, sustainable residential development which will positively contribute to the local area with extensive new public greenspace and landscaping, making it a highly attractive development in which to live. Specifically it includes;
- Up to 600 new homes in a range of types and sizes
- A proportion of the new homes allocated for affordable housing
- Two points of access to the development; one from Preston Street and one from London Road
- New landscape planting and public open greenspaces, including equipped play areas and a new riverside park
- Key retained trees and hedgerows to protect local amenity and ecology interests
- A network of new footpaths and cycleways to support sustainable access through the scheme
- Protection of the riverside and its footpaths
- Areas for sustainable drainage systems to manage surface water, with new ponds and swales
- Areas managed for biodiversity gains and to the benefit of local ecology
- Internal highway infrastructure, including road designs, incorporation of cycle and pedestrian routes as well as separate pedestrian footpaths through the development and areas of public open space.
The proposed development is shown on the overall Parameters Masterplan. It shows the areas proposed for new housing, areas retained for landscaping and public open space and the principal means of access to the development from Preston Street and London Road. These are parameters for the development which are precisely set out within the council’s Development Plan and its requirements for this site.
The access onto Preston Street will be a priority T-junction and has been positioned to align almost directly with Portland Crescent. The access onto London Road is located opposite Shrewsbury Business Park and is also a T-junction, with a right turn stacking lane proposed on London Road to assist with the manoeuvre of vehicles into the site. The development has evolved over time and in response to local consultation which has been extensive, including local exhibitions as well as newsletter, website, consultation with local councillors and local meetings with immediate neighbours. The development has been designed to positively relate to the site’s surroundings. The new homes have been designed to reinforce the local distinctiveness of the surrounding area, in particular the scale, height, form of the houses and materials proposed. The development also generally accords with the typical density of the housing in this part of the town.
The first phase of the development proposes 365 new home which comprises a mix of housetypes and tenures, but predominantly traditional family homes. This first full hybrid phase of the development will deliver 20% affordable homes in accordance with the council’s adopted policy. This development will assist in meeting the local housing need for the area as well as providing market housing in accordance with the development strategy within the Development Plan.
The second phase will deliver the balance of the development of up to 235 homes, with the total development not exceeding the 600 homes as allocated within the Development Plan for the site. The second phase will be subject to further reserved matters applications that will provide for its detailed layout, landscaping and the design details of the proposed homes in that part of the site. It will also include an element of affordable housing in line with the council’s dynamic affordable housing requirement applicable at that time as well as linking the site through to London Road.
An illustration to show the initial layout plan for the development at Weir Hill.