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Old August 29th, 2019, 02:30 PM   #2161
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Bid submitted to the government for funding to build a new road between M54 Junction 5 and the Eastern Primary A442 in central Telford...



It looks like a revival / re-imagining of what used to be called The Greyhound Link which was an idea to joing the M54 junction with the Greyhound interchange on the EP. I thought it had gone out of the window when they dualled Rampart Way instead...

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/...k-road-scheme/
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Old September 6th, 2019, 12:47 PM   #2162
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The government has invited 16 towns in the region to apply for regeneration funding of up to £25m

They're among 100 towns around the country to be told they're eligible for money from the £3.6bn Towns Fund.

The towns in the West Midlands are: Redditch, Bloxwich, Burton upon Trent, Crewe, Dudley, Hereford, Kidsgrove, Nuneaton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Telford, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

They're being asked to submit proposals to "transform their town’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved transport, broadband connectivity, skills and culture"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-e...ost_type=share
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Old September 8th, 2019, 01:40 PM   #2163
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Extra investment is to be welcomed of course but I'm not sure how transformational 25 million could be in reality.
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Old September 8th, 2019, 02:07 PM   #2164
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Depends how it’s spent

Small improvements may not see it go a long way but using the cash to enable a bigger scheme to become viable and get off the ground could have a big impact
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Old September 8th, 2019, 07:10 PM   #2165
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That's true, I'm not aware of any big schemes that could be unlocked though, I imagine it will be spent on road widening/ junction upgrades. But if you're going to do something cultural 25m could get you a decent theatre/ gallery / museum. For connectivity I'm not sure what could be done, how much does a monorail cost lol?
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Old September 8th, 2019, 08:18 PM   #2166
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That's true, I'm not aware of any big schemes that could be unlocked though, I imagine it will be spent on road widening/ junction upgrades. But if you're going to do something cultural 25m could get you a decent theatre/ gallery / museum. For connectivity I'm not sure what could be done, how much does a monorail cost lol?
Here’s what Dudley are spending there’s on

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/...s-step-closer/
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Old September 9th, 2019, 01:14 PM   #2167
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Interesting. I suppose there was the unveiling a while back that the council and Wolves university were considering a digital technology institute in the town centre.
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Old September 9th, 2019, 02:58 PM   #2168
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Is that when the whole quarter will be finished? Have been holding off visiting.
Here is an update on the openings

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/...shion-quarter/

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Further openings are planned before Christmas, including a 16,000sq ft New Look on September 26, and larger H&M and River Island stores by November.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 01:26 PM   #2169
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Revised bid for more than 80 homes set for nod.


www.insidermedia.com/insider/midlands/revised-bid-for-more-than-80-homes-set-for-nod
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Old September 18th, 2019, 02:37 PM   #2170
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It is quite low density despite being so close to the town centre but the site surrounds the existing old village of Old Park so it kind of makes sense.
There is another field to the south of this site and north of West Centre Way which should come forward for development soon which could and probably should be a high density mixed use neighbourhood next to town and on the arterial route out to Lawley.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 03:02 PM   #2171
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I did notice how low the density would be and wondered if there was a fair amount of public open space as part of the development. It doesn't refer to any in the article though.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 03:21 PM   #2172
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There is a significant "no development zone", according to the plans https://democracy.telford.gov.uk/doc...out%20Plan.pdf

The committee report says this is can't be used as it was part of a former open cast coal mine.
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Old September 19th, 2019, 09:00 AM   #2173
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I know it’s only a minor aspect, but why is that non-connecting connecting road still there? Once they decided to not allow through traffic, instead of just putting a couple of bollards or planters, why not just finish both roads off properly with not even a hint that they are somehow connected? Surely that would look neater as well, especially on the Park Lane side that still looks like it has an entry to nowhere built into the design.
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Old September 19th, 2019, 04:51 PM   #2174
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I hate truncated roads like that, it makes the whole village into an effective cul-de-sac when it could otherwise be well connected to the town centre.

In other news:

New New Look store opens on Thursdsay next week https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/...ter-next-week/

Council secures £3.7 million from the West Mids combined authority to unlock stalled housing sites (not sure which ones) https://www.shropshirelive.com/news/...wnfield-sites/

And the contest to name the new footbridge from the railway station has decided the Silver Swallow is the winner, not a name I would have voted for but hey-ho.
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/...on-footbridge/
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Old September 20th, 2019, 01:29 PM   #2175
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Multimillion pound grant to kick start developments.


www.insidermedia.com/insider/midlands/multimilllion-pound-grant-to-kick-start-developments
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Homes England bid voted through.


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Old October 7th, 2019, 03:59 PM   #2177
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Telford Centre news, apparently Superdry have signed a lease in the Fashion Quarter and it sounds like the fitting out of various other stores continues.

https://www.telfordcentre.com/whats-...elford-centre/
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Old October 7th, 2019, 04:27 PM   #2178
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I've done a map concatenating the housing developments planned for the Shifnal area.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yJ...L0&usp=sharing
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I can't help but think in the long term it makes more sense to fill in those two triangles between Telford and Shifnal formed by the M54 to the north and the A4169 to the south than have a new settlement at Tong. It could be possible to leave a green wedge to prevent Telford and Shifnal formerly coalescing into one conurbation.
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I think it all falls down to land ownership, hence the weird shape of Tong town. Surely any well planned town wouldn't fall that shape or that far from the railway. I'd rather they developed between Shifnal and Cosford, with a new station, than developed Tong. Or perhaps between Cosford and Albrighton, creating one strong town. But that's not to say I want either really.
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