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Land off Preston Street, Shrewsbury

Land off Preston Street - Shrewsbury - Shropshire

We are working to prepare an outline masterplan for a new residential development on land south of Preston Street, Shrewsbury.

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  • Overview

    We are working to promote land to the south of Preston Street, Shrewsbury for a residential development.

    The site is proposed to be allocated for housing development to contribute towards future housing needs in the town through to 2026.

    Shropshire Council’s Core Strategy, which was adopted in February 2011, states around 6,500 new dwellings must be built in Shrewsbury by 2026. The Core Strategy prioritises the use of brownfield sites, but given the nature of Shrewsbury and its constraints, it is inevitable that some greenfield land will be required to accommodate the required growth and housing needs.

    Some smaller and medium-sized sites are being allocated for development in the Council’s Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) document and the land south of Preston Street is one such site. The site has been suggested for 200 houses in the period to 2016 and a further 200 after 2016, but linked specifically to improvements to the Column Roundabout and Preston Street.

    The potential development of a further 300 to 400 houses is at the very early stage of being explored to the south, linked with improvements to the Shrewsbury College and a link road from London Road.

  • About the site

    weir hill site photo

    A view of the proposed development site

    The proposed development site is located on the eastern fringes of Shrewsbury, and comprises mainly arable fields and grassland, with some hedgerows, mature trees and ponds within the site which can be incorporated into the layout.

    The River Severn lies approximately 200m to the east of the site, while existing residential housing is located on the northern and western boundaries of the site. Weir Hill Farm and caravan site is situated to the north-east and the grounds of Prestfelde Preparatory School immediately to the west, while Shrewsbury College is located further to the south-west.

    Despite the site’s proximity to the River Severn, it lies wholly within Flood Zone 1 (lowest flood risk) due to its elevated position, which means it is appropriate for residential development.

    Surface run-off water will generally drain towards the east and the River Severn, while a Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) will include natural soakaways and attenuation features which will allow stormwater run-off to be released into the river in a controlled and safe manner.

    The site lies just 2km from Shrewsbury town centre and is conveniently located for access to local facilities. A bus stop is located just 400m from the site linking to the town centre and the railway station, while cycle routes to the west of the site also enable access into town. 


  • What's proposed

    The proposed development site is included in Shropshire Council’s draft Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) document as a suitable location for a residential development.

    Our initial proposals for the site include:

    • Approximately 400 homes
      weir hill masterplan DRAFT

      Our illustrative masterplan for the proposed development

    • A mixture of house types including affordable housing
    • Public open space
    • Existing trees retained with new planting on the site boundaries
    • Improvements to Preston Street and the Column roundabout
    • Biodiversity of River Severn to be protected and enhanced.

    We have worked closely with Shropshire Council to develop our proposals for the site.

    An illustrative masterplan for the site, which shows what the development could look like, was presented to local people during a public exhibition in April 2012. 

  • Community Benefits

    We will provide a number of contributions towards the local community as part of the proposed development. Details of these contributions will be agreed with the relevant local authorities at a later stage.

  • News and Updates

    May 2014 - Draft allocation for 600 homes

    April 2012 – Public exhibition held