Councillors in Wem oppose plans for 50-bed care home at town council meeting

Published date: 06 July 2017 |
Published by: Barrie White
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COUNCILLORS in Wem have unanimously opposed plans for a 50-bed residential care home in Mill Street.

The plans, submitted by the Millhouse Group, are for a two-block home with 50 en-suite bedrooms, 32 in one block and 18 in the other.

It is claimed it would create 17 jobs and provide another care home, two years after Westlands Care Home closed. But councillors were strongly against the development at their full town council meeting last Thursday.

Town mayor Cllr Edward Towers led the opposition, with fellow councillors stating it should be rejected on aesthetic grounds. The potential knock-on effect to residents in Roden Grove where there is a flooding risk was also raised along with fears over inability to get insurance.

Other councillors were worried about pollution and an adverse impact on the local conservation area and wildlife.

Shropshire councillor Chris Mellings felt it was a poor design, failed the sequential test and said there is no clear evidence the residential block was needed.

They voted to oppose the development, which Shropshire Council hopes to decide on before the end of September.

Neighbours are asked to submit their views on the application by Friday, July 21.

Councillors supported an application at Grange Park in Shawbury Road for the building of a single-storey extension to provide new vehicle service bays and a car showroom, plus refurbishment of existing vehicle service buildings.

In other items, they voted to send a response from Shropshire Council to an HGV survey undertaken in the town to be discussed by  Wem Economic Forum, which also includes the Parish Council.

They also responded to criticism from residents about non-attendance of a site visit by Shropshire councillor Steve Davenport, portfolio holder for transport, last week. It was confirmed that councillors did not receive an invitation to the visit as it was meant for residents.

Cllr Towers described as ‘hurtful’ the  assertions of one resident who claimed critics of the town council were being  victimised.

Minutes for the Wem Swimming and Lifestyle Centre, and Events Committee meetings were both passed and it was agreed to hold a town vision event to set out the next four years for Wem.

The council will send Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, good wishes on the news of his retirement.

For a full rundown of the meeting, visit

Meanwhile, residents of Wem are being urged to get out and help with a Community Clean-Up on Saturday. The event is to give the town a spruce-up before the Eckford Sweet Pea Show and the Vehicles of Interest weekend the following week.

Volunteers interested in picking up litter and cleaning pathways, among other jobs, should report to Edinburgh House, in New Street, for 9am on Saturday.

All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment will be provided but volunteers are asked to take along their own gloves.

For more information, email

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