UK: Residents 'relieved' after David Austin Roses scraps green belt development plans

The proposals by David Austin Roses were to construct a 109.7m x 96m glasshouse, along with two sheds, on land to the west of Badger Lane – between Badger and Beckbury.

But the company withdrew the application for the state-of-the-art rose breeding facility following an outcry from the local community, and said it would continue to look at ways to reduce its environmental impact.

Based 3.5 miles away in Albrighton, David Austin Roses had hoped the facility would replace its older structures, which it called "very cramped and in need of replacement", in order to keep it at the forefront of the global rose breeding industry.

But about 80 objections were lodged to Shropshire Council's planning department, including from Beckbury Parish Council, with concerns including the loss of green belt land, access to the area and a lack of employment opportunities for local people.

Heather Thomas, who lived in Badger for 12 years before moving to Beckbury, where she has lived for the last 45 years, said there was a sense of relief among the whole community.

She said: "There's only about 100 to 120 households in the area, so to get 80 online objections was quite good, and the neighbouring parish councils got involved as well.

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