Harworth Group hosted a public consultation event in October 2018 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 prior to the masterplan’s eventual planning submission to both Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Councils in December 2019. Following a resolution to grant planning permission for the development from Telford & Wrekin Council in May 2021, Shropshire Council also resolved to grant planning subject to legal agreement in September 2021.
In addition, Harworth also submitted a planning application to release 1.9 million tonnes of saleable sand and gravel from the greenfield area of the site over a period of 5 years.
Following the successful demolition of the four cooling towers in December 2019, Harworth have since concluded the demolition programme on-site following the demolition of the Bunker Bay (July 2020), Tank Bay (January 2021), Boiler Bay (February 2021) and the 204m-high Chimney Stack (September 2021). The National Grid and Western Power Distribution substations and equipment will not be demolished, with the assets forming part of the overall masterplan.
Alongside the ongoing clearance and ground works to prepare the first parcels of development, Harworth are also exploring the feasibility of reintroducing rail services from the site, utilsing the site’s existing rail assets.
The new scheme coming forward is being marketed as Benthall Grange – Ironbridge.