PLANS to build six dwellings, including one affordable, in Ellesmere, have been submitted to Shropshire Council.

The plans for the dwellings is for land south of Elson Cottage, in Elson Road, were submitted to council planning officers in early November and was updated this week with an ecology report.

A planning and access statement submitted with the application set out the plans for the development.


It said: “The proposals include four three-bedroom semi-detached houses, and two larger detached four-bedroom houses.

“We believe that this is an inclusive mix, providing housing for younger households in the area.

“One of the semi-detached three-bed properties will be an affordable dwelling. The linear layout follows the pattern of development opposite and elsewhere in the locality.

“The elongated design of the semi-detached properties reflects the red-brick and simply-designed “Rural Estate” style of property, built in the early and mid-20th century, and prominent in the area.

The layout is generous and the density is low (12 per hectare, or five per acre), reflecting its rural location. A particular feature of the development is that the houses have very good rear garden space, and green space to the front.

A single highway access point is proposed to serve all six dwellings, as explained and justified by The Whitehouse Partnership, later in this report.

“While some of the frontage hedgerow will be removed to provide the access point and initial visibility splay, the majority of the hedge will be retained, screening and softening the development.

“The application further proposes the creation of an Orchard, in the field between the site and Elson Villa.”

The planning and access statement also laid out some issues around the development boundaries for Elson and its nearby village of Dudleston Heath.

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It said: “Elson is named jointly with Dudleston Heath as a Community Hub…but because it does not have a development boundary, and no specific sites or areas within the village are earmarked for development, it would be classed as open countryside.

“This could be explained by the fact that, at the time of the adoption of the SAMDev Plan, there were sites in Elson with outstanding planning permission for housing.”

Anyone wishing to comment on the application can do so by searching 23/04807/OUT on Shropshire Council’s planning portal.