Ironbridge power station

Ironbridge Power Station Re-development

We recognise that the power station was a significant feature of the landscape of Ironbridge and has significant public interest.


The majority of the site is located within the administrative area of Shropshire Council. The application for it's demolition was approved by Shropshire Council in November 2017. The 4 cooling towers were demolished on 6 December 2019.


The planning application is an outline application (access for consideration comprising the formation of two vehicular accesses off A4169 road) for the development of up to 1,000 dwellings, retirement village, employment land comprising classes B1(A), B1(C), B2 and B8, retail and other uses comprising classes A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, D1 and D2, allotments, sports pitches, a railway link, leisure uses, primary/nursery school, a park and ride facility, walking and cycling routes and associated landscaping, drainage and infrastructure works. The application is accompanied by an environmental statement.

Current outline planning applications

Harworth Group who currently own the site have now submitted an outline planning application for mixed use development across the site. This outline application crosses the boundary of Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council and will be considered by both authorities, who will work in partnership to consider the proposed development and its implications on both the immediate and wider environments. 

View the application on Telford & Wrekin Council's website

View the application on Shropshire Council's website

A copy of the plans are available to view at The Gorge parish council offices.

Since the original consultation window for these applications, both councils have jointly requested further additions and revisions. Chapters 6 – 8 and 10 – 14 to the environmental statement have now been superseded and replaced in full with a new chapter together with a number of new and revised supporting reports and plans. These are now available to view online and you can make any comments to these changes using the council’s planning online link above. Any comments need to reach us by 22 September 2020.

A paper copy of the Environmental Statement is available to view at Wellington library. We advise anyone wishing to view the document to do so online. However, should you wish to view it at the library, please contact the planning department first on 01952 384555 before visiting. In order to comply with health and safety regulations if the document is viewed by anyone it will need to be quarantined for a period of 3 days after each occasion.

Existing consultation comments that have already been submitted together with any new comments made will be taken into consideration when determining this planning application and a summary of consultation comments will be passed to Shropshire Council.

This application will be considered by both Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire Council Planning Committees. We are unable to inform you directly of which Planning Committee meetings this will be considered by.

Mineral planning application

In addition to the above application, Harworth Group Plc have also submitted a mineral planning application to Shropshire Council for the extraction and processing of sand and gravel. This application is not a cross boundary application and will be determined by Shropshire Council only. Any comments you wish to make will need to be directed to Shropshire Council. Further information can be found on their website under planning reference 19/05509/MAW

Bunker bay demolition

The demolition of the bunker bay is planned between 11am and 1pm on Friday 17 July 2020, subject to no adverse weather conditions or other circumstances.

It will be the second explosive demolition on site following the demolition of the 4 cooling towers. A 250m safety exclusion zone will be in place. There will be no viewing area and no roads will be closed.

Further information about the demolition can be found on the Ironbridge regeneration website.

Other information

Further information in relation to the site can also be found at: