TWC/2011/0871 -350 Homes either side of Station Road

Below is the text from the Dept for Communities and Local Government letter received today. In short, The Sec of State is NOT calling in the Station Road application detailed below, meaning both land zoned for employment and some existing buildings currently providing employment will be lost as part of the development, in favour of housing and a small area of new industrial development (if the latter ever gets built).


“Application for 350 dwellings, care housing, 4.5 hectares of employment land, public open space and landscaping, demolition of existing industrial buildings and associated infrastructure works at land east and west of Station Road, Newport, Shropshire. Application Number TWC/2011/0871


The Secretary of State has carefully considered this case against call-in policy, as set out in the Written Ministerial Statement by Nick Boles on 26 October 2012. The policy makes it clear that the power to call in a case will only be used very selectively. The Government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues, and believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible.

In deciding whether to call in this application, the Secretary of State has considered his policy on calling in planning applications. This policy gives examples of the types of issues which may lead him to conclude, in his opinion that the application should be called in. The Secretary of State has decided, having had regard to this policy, not to call in this application. He is content that it should be determined by the local planning authority.

In considering whether to exercise the discretion to call in this application, the Secretary of State has not considered the matter of whether this application is EIA Development for the purposes of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011. The local planning authority responsible for determining this application remains the relevant authority responsible for considering whether these Regulations apply to this proposed development and, if so, for ensuring that the requirements of the Regulations are complied with.

The Article 25 Direction issued pursuant to the Secretary of State’s letter of 22 January 2014 is hereby withdrawn.”

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