The Harworth Way
Sustainability is at the heart of the masterplan for Benthall Grange. The development will incorporate extensive green space, including 56 acres reserved exclusively for protecting biodiversity, and site preparation works have seen the installation of six great crested newt ponds, a bat barn and a 21 metre-tall nesting tower. Harworth has also maximised recycling of materials from the site, reclaiming around 35,000 tonnes of metal and 70,000 tonnes of crushed concrete for reuse in the development, with the remains of the site’s four cooling towers being used to construct new cycle and footpaths.
Harworth is also exploring opportunities to bring back into use the site’s two rail links to the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton mainline. This includes a partnership with Revolution VLR, a consotrium of advanced manufacturing companies aiming to develop the next generation of “very light rail” vehicles and technologies, to develop a test vehicle and track along a disused railway at the site.
October 2018: Harworth Group hosted a public consultation event to present its initial plans, with over 600 people in attendance. Feedback from the consultation contributed to the emerging masterplan for the site, which was presented at the follow up public consultation event in May 2019.
December 2019: The masterplan was submitted to both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils. Demolition of the former power station’s four cooling towers takes place.
July 2020: Former power station’s bunker bay was demolished
May 2021: Resolution to grant planning permission for the development from Telford & Wrekin Council
September 2021: Shropshire Council also resolved to grant planning subject to legal agreement. Planning permission was also received for the release 1.9 million tonnes of saleable sand and gravel as part of site preparation works over a period of five years. The former power station’s 204 metre-high chimney stack – the highest structure in Shropshire – was also demolished.
Summer 2022: The development adopted the name Benthall Grange, reflecting the surrounding community.
December 2022: The first land parcel for residential development was sold to Barratt and David Wilson Homes, for the delivery of 110 family houses
2023: Further site preparation works and marketing for the second phase of residential development begins