Helen Morgan welcomes Damson Wood planning refusal

22 Mar 2024
Helen in rural North Shropshire

Helen Morgan and Shropshire Councillor David Minnery have welcomed news that the first of three applications for development at Damson Wood and the Tern Valley has been refused by the local authority’s planning team.

The initial application was for three houses down in the Tern Valley, north of Buntingsdale Road. The other two - by the same developer in the same area - are still live and residents have the chance to share their views until the 1stof April.

The Save Damson Wood residents campaign group have celebrated the news but are continuing to emphasise the need to comment on the other applications.

Helen Morgan, MP for North Shropshire, said, “Saving Damson Wood and protecting the Tern Valley is incredibly important to a huge number of people in Market Drayton.

“As an MP, I only comment on planning issues where there is a clear need to intervene on behalf of my constituents. In this case, the strength of feeling was evident, and I am really glad that local views have been recognised in this decision.

“The other two applications are still open, until April the 1st. I would urge people to look at them closely and share their views with Shropshire Council if they haven’t already.”

David Minnery, Shropshire Councillor for Market Drayton West, added, “Damson Wood and the Tern Valley are really important parts of the environment of the south of Market Drayton. The continuing support of local residents and our local MP has once again held the line and preserved an important open space and amenity for the town. This is unlikely to be the end of this issue, with the future of Damson Wood and the Tern Valley still all to play for and other applications yet to be decided. But today is a win for Market Drayton all the same.”