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Council to decide on options for Dawley Bank land

Published on 17 September 2012

Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet is being asked to decide on the future use of a piece of land off Concorde in Dawley Bank – with four possible options on the table.

The cabinet, which meets on September 20, is being asked to evaluate the four different possibilities and take a decision on which they consider to be best.

The council is taking the decision after direct approaches for the land to be designated for community use by both the Dawley Bank Horticultural Society and the Dawley Bank Residents Association.

Option 1: Dawley Bank Horticultural Society has proposed that the land is developed into a raised bed community garden and the group is seeking grants to develop this project, with the aim of providing people with the opportunity to learn to grow their own food.

Option 2: Dawley Bank Residents Association wants to develop the land into a Jubilee Wood.

Option 3: The land could remain as an area with informal access for the community, which would mean neither of the two community options are pursued.

Option 4: There is also an option to promote the site for residential use, which would ultimately lead to a planning application.

A survey of 833 householders that live within a 400m boundary of the area was carried out.

The majority of respondents who completed original surveys preferred the Jubilee Wood option. The preferred choice for those who completed photocopied surveys was the Raised Bed Community Garden.

Councillor Richard Overton, deputy leader and cabinet member with special responsibility for Borough Towns, said: "We will take account of all the responses to the survey and make a decision based on what will provide the maximum benefit for the local area."

Last updated 17/09/2012

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