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UPDATE ON THE MORRISONS PARKING PLANNING APPLICATION

LAWLEY COMMUNITY CAR PARK – PARISH COUNCIL STATEMENT

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 https://secure.telford.gov.uk/planning/pa-applicationresponses-public.aspx?Applicationnumber=TWC/2019/0235

  • 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.

 

 

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.

Agenda

UPDATE ON LAWLEY PHASE 11 PLANNING APPLICATION

TWC/2018/0346

Lawley Phase 11

To carry out engineering/enabling works including re-profiling of land to facilitate residential development and involving the importation of materials from other phases of the Lawley Sustainable Urban Village Development ***ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RECEIVED IN RESPECT OF: BAT SURVEY, EXISTING DRAINAGE PLAN AND OPTIONS ANALYSIS DOCUMENT

Further details can be found by entering the full reference number above in the link to the Telford & Wrekin planning portal on our main planning page

 THIS APPLICATION IS SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD AT TWC PLANNING COMMITTEE ON 20TH FEBRUARY. 

 If you wish to speak you need to register your interest no later than 5pm, 2 working days before the meeting. To register your interest please contact Democratic Services via email at PublicSpeaking@telford.gov.uk, by telephone on 01952 383215 or by letter to Democratic Services, Telford & Wrekin Council, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT.

UPDATE ON LAWLEY PHASE 10 PLANNING APPLICATION

TWC/2018/0732

Lawley Phase 10

Reserved matters application for the erection of 187no. dwellings including details for access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale pursuant to outline application TWC/2010/0828 ***Additional information received relating to drainage, retaining wall and arboriculture; Amended plans received showing re-located bus shelter on Hunters Rise

Further details can be found by entering the full reference number above in the link to the Telford & Wrekin planning portal on our main planning page

THIS APPLICATION IS SCHEDULED TO BE HEARD AT TWC PLANNING COMMITTEE ON 20TH FEBRUARY. 

 If you wish to speak you need to register your interest no later than 5pm, 2 working days before the meeting. To register your interest please contact Democratic Services via email at PublicSpeaking@telford.gov.uk, by telephone on 01952 383215 or by letter to Democratic Services, Telford & Wrekin Council, Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT.