Shropshire

Dawley allotment plan set for approval

A council is expected to approve controversial plans for new allotments in a Shropshire town.

The plan by Dawley Bank Horticultural Society, would create 200 4m-wide (13ft) raised beds off Concorde.

Two petitions, signed by 187 people, oppose the scheme, citing objections such as loss of wildlife and trees and increased noise and smells.

Telford and Wrekin Council planners say the application is acceptable and in keeping with the area.

The planners recommended that the council's planning board approve the scheme, to be called Podmore Gardens Allotment, at its meeting on 11 July.

They advised that although trees would be lost, they were too immature to support roosting bats or nesting owls.

In addition, it was considered the plan would make good use of an existing site and provide the area with a new place for people to meet as well as grow plants, particularly residents without gardens.

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