Is Oswestry About To Get A Market Village?

by Jamie Adrankone

Is Oswestry About To Get A Market Village?

A mixed-use proposal has been submitted for the Smithfield site in Oswestry that could, according to the planner involved, help ease local housing shortage problems and create jobs at the same time, with the blueprints including seven blocks of one, two and three-ebd apartments, as well as affordable homes for first-time buyers.

Currently, a planning application for a McDonald’s restaurant is to be determined on December 15th after a consultation process, while the land next to the new Morrison’s supermarket has outline planning permission in place for commercial units, a car showroom and a drive-through coffee shop, the Shropshire Star reports.

But Craig Marston, who runs Oswestry and Shrewsbury-based Ke-design, has something more modern in mind, with his proposals already sent in to Shropshire Council, plans that also include an urban park for recreational space, electric charging points, overground and underground parking, doctors and dental surgeries, and a cafe and bistro.

He said: “Oswestry has a housing shortage and is using villages like Morda to try and meet its quota. Rather than developing green fields with sprawling housing estates that require a car to access the town centre, I propose the Smithfield site is developed for much-needed residential use.

“The development will be much more sustainable. As the site is a 10-minute walk from the town centre, residents can use the council run leisure centre opposite, and have the countryside on their doorstep.”

A new farm shop and food centre has also just been given the green light for Pentreclawdd Farm, with the venture including an onsite bakery, dairy and butchery, employing up to 20 people and giving local tourism a real boost.

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