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Residents will recall that in November 2018 Telford & Wrekin Council refused Morrison’s application to limit the parking on the community car park

Their decision was due to the impact that the proposals would have on the retailers in Lawley Square and specifically:

  • the consideration that Lawley as Sustainable Urban Extension was granted on the provision that this was a community car park for the area, without restriction
  • the change of restriction from an unrestricted car park would therefore have a detrimental impact on local residents and businesses
  • its potential harm to highway safety and the economic viability of existing shops
  • and that, because of the lack of alternative available parking within Lawley, losing the unrestricted car park would worsen the current situation.

We have now been informed that Morrisons have lodged an appeal with the National Planning Inspectorate to overturn this decision, and at the same time have submitted an application to Telford & Wrekin Council to put up signage referring to the ANPR cameras that have previously been refused

Since the development was first planned and given planning permission in 2004 the car park has been designated as the car park for the use of the wider community

The Design and Access statement for the whole Lawley development refers to this as the designated car park for all of the retail units in the Square aswell as the residents who live in Parkes Court

Retail units in the Square and Parkes Court residents have parking facilities on this car park written into their leases.

Every subsequent planning application in the Lawley Square area approved by Telford & Wrekin Council has referred to the “unrestricted parking on the adjacent community car park” as a justification for not having to provide further parking in the area.

Telford & Wrekin Highways signs are prominently displayed on local roads directing visitors to Lawley Square to park on the community car park.

Until Morrisons planning application last year there has never been any issue with the car parking arrangements set out in the original Lawley plans.

Morrisons propose to limit parking to 2 or 3 hours and enforce this via ANPR cameras.

This would prevent Parkes’ Court residents, volunteers in the Charity Shops, and staff from the retail units, the Medical Centre, Lawley Dentist and the Extra Care Centre from parking on the car park, as they have done since the Square and Morrisons was built

They will inevitably have to park on local residential roads, causing issues for local residents and making it even more difficult for vehicles, including the local bus service, to travel around the area.

The Parish Council have tried to engage with Morrisons both locally and nationally since the first application was submitted last Summer. Unfortunately, they have refused to meet us to discuss local concerns.

The last application was refused by Telford & Wrekin Planning Committee following a strong campaign by the Parish Council, local residents, local retailers and Lawley Running Club – who will all be directly affected by Morrisons attempt to limit use of the community car park.

In the coming weeks we would ask the local community to once again show their opposition to Morrisons proposals by:

  • objecting to the application for signage

Details can be found at

  • submitting objections to the National Planning Inspector

Further information on the timescale for the National Planning Enquiry will be provided as soon as we have them.



Morrisons car parking – NEW application

The Morrison’s application for car parking is back!

Not an appeal, a new application – it is confusing as the application is for signage only but the documents sent include the ANPR camera/pole. I have asked for clarification asto whether a separate application is expected to be submitted as it was before.

Nothing has changed except the number of signs has been reduced from 23 to 19 – still with conflicting 2 hours/3 hours information on them and stating that ANPR cameras are in operation.

We will immediately be  OBJECTING and calling it in on the same grounds as before.

The link is below for you to view and comment:

Type in the reference number TWC/2019/0235



March Planning Applications

We have been notified of the following planning applications in the Parish:

TWC/2019/0087 33 Overdale, Telford TF3 5AC  Erection of a 2 storey side extension and rear conservatory

TWC/2019/0133  Recycling House, Rock Road, Ketley TF1 5HW Variation of condition 10 (hours of operation) and condition 16 (type of waste and quantity) of existing planning permission.  NB. This site is in Ketley Parish but as it’s operation directly affects Lawley & Overdale Parish residents  we have been included in the consultation.

TWC/2019/0178 1 Rees Way, Lawley TF4 2GN  Erection of a single storey rear extension

Further details can be found by entering the full reference number into the link to Telford & Wrekin Council’s Planning website on our main Planning page.


Phase 5 & 9 planning committee outcome

We were glad to have the opportunity to yet again ask for support at Planning committee following the original deferment of Phases 5 & 9 Lawley.

We feel that a number of improvements were made to the plan which included:

  • A phasing plan for Public Rights of Way and Safe Routes to School to provide access throughout the development period.
  • Retention of a substantial number of trees.
  • A large reduction in the size of the retaining wall.
  • The attempt to include a Landscape Management Plan (which is the first time this has been requested in Lawley)

There were a large number of conditions which were required and it was vital that we ensured robust conditions were placed upon this application to give guarantees and assurances to residents who will be impacted by this development and to hold to account any deviation or non-compliance.

  • Highways- HGV movement and restrictions on Marlborough Way.
  • Rights of Way – Phasing Plan
  • Safety-Enclosure of attenuation pond
  • Construction Environmental Management Plan
  • Tree Conditions

(These are just a few and we await the final decision notice for the remainder to ensure moving forward these are all complied with and enforced if necessary)

This was always identified as a difficult site to develop, which has been detrimental to the level of affordable housing, and due to the retention of the ‘Green Corridor’ a loss of recreational space (which we can not afford in a high-density development such as Lawley). Lawley has achieved a reasonable level of affordable housing throughout, which is important, but we must balance these needs against resident’s well-being, sense of space, infrastructure, facilities and services.  We have attempted to push for improvements to benefit the area for new and existing residents.

We do however still raise concerns that The Landscape Management Plan has not been fully addressed (although this has been conditioned). The Management of the retaining wall and attenuation ponds may not be managed by the existing Management Company and we could see an external company being brought in to deliver this, with additional cost implications. The question remains, will existing residents who pay fees for site management be required to pay additional fees for these installations which could have been designed out? This can only be answered in time but needs to be considered.

Phases 5 & 9 to Planning Committee – Wednesday 20th February 2019

This is a Public meeting to which you are welcome to attend.