A GARAGE owner whose bid to turn a former mill into flats and electric car charging points failed says he will appeal Shropshire Council’s refusal of the plans.

Dave Roberts, owner of DA Roberts in Grindley Brook, saw his plans to turn the former mill in Chester Road (A41) into three housing units plus the charging points rejected by Shropshire Council on heritage grounds.

Mr Roberts, who owns and maintains 10 other properties in the area, admitted he was disappointed by the decision, but feels the decision should be overturned on appeal as they have plans to reinvigorate the building.


He said: “The charging points are about 300 yards away from the substation on the main A41 and we haven’t got anything locally that could satisfy demand.

“We think we’ve been treated unfairly – it’s common sense really.

“I remember that mill being in operation 75 years ago when I first came to live around here and it hasn’t been in operation for 65 years.

“I own the building – it’s got the support of local people and the Lockside Café too because they would benefit from it, and they will be supporting us in the appeal.

“The building is falling apart – the council says it is of heritage value but it’s derelict, no one comes to look at it.

“It would look a lot smarter for residents and people passing by if it was kept smart with the plans we have.

“Our appeal should succeed because what we have planned for it will enhance the area.

“We want people to support that message – we have had a lot of comments of support from the public and we get calls for rented accommodation which is something we would be providing here.

“Plus the charging points for the future – it might not be needed now but in 10 years’ time, the infrastructure would be there if you need it.”

However, Shropshire Council said they tried to work with Mr Roberts over the application but confirmed the heritage grounds for its refusal.

Philip Mullineux, development manager at Shropshire Council, said: “The site is located outside the recognised development boundary and there was insufficient material/reasons to meet both local and national planning policies.

“One of the reasons for refusal of the application refers to Grindley Brook Mill building which is considered a non-designated heritage asset.

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“While a Heritage Impact Assessment was submitted in support of the application, this did not fully assess the significance of the building and the contribution the building makes to the overall character of the surrounding environment.

“As a council, we welcome and offer pre-application advice on an ongoing basis for those who wish to submit a planning application, in order to try and overcome issues of planning concern.

“Unfortunately, with regards to this application, the applicant had initially approached us for advice, but did not further engage.”