The 350 acre Ironbridge power station site abuts the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and comprises the power station and its associated uses, such as the former social club and its sports pitches beside the River Severn, rail sidings, and waste tip. Electricity generation stopped in 2015, and Uniper offer the site for sale. The redevelopment of the site began for us as a project in January 2018 when Harworth Group sought our due diligence advice on transport matters.
Having successfully purchased the site in June 2018, Harworth moved forward with demolition of the cooling towers, which came down in December 2019. Work on an outline planning application also progressed, with public exhibitions and consultation with the various authorities. Constraints and opportunities were consolidated in to a masterplan that aims to deliver 1,000 houses, employment, a retail centre, primary school and other users.
The application was subsequently submitted with our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan, and moved through the consultation period, eventually gaining a recommendation to approve at the planning committees of both Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council in September 2021. We were retained by Harworth to discharge conditions, design the primary infrastructure to deliver serviced plots, carry out the detailed design of the off-site mitigation works, and assist with drainage and flood risk issues. That is all ongoing.