Plans for 1,000 homes at Ironbridge approved

Harworth's masterplan for the Ironbridge power station site
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Plans to create up to 1,000 homes on the former Ironbridge Power Station site have been approved.

Developer Harworth Group, which specialises in regenerating former industrial sites, bought the Shropshire site in 2018 and demolished the cooling towers in 2019.

The 350-acre site will deliver up to 1,000 homes, a retirement village, up to 200,000 sq ft of employment space comprising offices and light industrial units, and a local centre offering convenience retail and other services. The plans will also provide a range of community amenities such as allotments, sports pitches, and a new primary school.

Lynda Shillaw, chief executive of Harworth, said: “Our masterplan for Ironbridge Power Station will create a sustainable mixed-use community that draws on the area’s industrial history and reflects its proximity to a World Heritage Site.

“In addition to 1,000 new homes and employment space, the site will deliver new community infrastructure and extensive green space, benefiting residents and the wider environment.”

Site preparation works are ongoing, with demolition works due to be substantially complete by the end of this year. The development will then be delivered in phases over 10 to 15 years.

Shillaw added: “This decision marks a significant milestone for Harworth, taking our total residential pipeline to over 10,000 consented plots for the first time.

“Together with over 18,000 potential further plots identified across our strategic land sites, this represents a significant driver of long-term value for the business.”

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