PLANS for a housing and shop development in Whitchurch could be given the go-ahead.

Shropshire Council's North Shropshire Planning Committee will discuss an application to demolish a house and outbuildings and build four town houses, two shops and four flats in Mill Street.

Planning officer Tim Rogers recommended in a report to the committee that members approve the application.

He said: "The site currently contains a two storey, red brick, double fronted dwelling which adjoins the shop unit next door. The dwelling is not listed but dates back to at least 1901 as it is shown on historic maps.

"The building is of some distinction and does make a positive contribution towards the character of the immediate area.

"However a survey of the building has indicated that it has suffered some settlement and the property has been compromised as a result. "The site contains other buildings associated with the residential use of the site and these are considered to be of little heritage value."

Whitchurch Town Council has objected to the plans on the grounds of overdevelopment.

Mr Rogers said that the application presented an opportunity to enhance this part of the town's conservation area, which he added was "to some extent is harmed by the existing outbuilding buildings and also the stark presence of the rear elevations of those building fronting Castle Hill".

"The site is in a sustainable location where there is easy access to services and facilities and the proposed uses will help to contribute to the town’s vitality and viability," he added.

"The proposal buildings are considered by officers to be of an appropriate design and scale which would sit comfortably within the street scene and the Whitchurch Conservation Area. The proposal would not have any detrimental impact on the amenities of neighbours or the safety of highway users."

The committee will consider the application on Tuesday, December 11.