Friday, 19th December 2014

Fresh plan for house at Darwin birthplace

Developers have lodged fresh plans for a controversial housing development next door to Charles Darwin’s Shrewsbury birthplace – to the annoyance of residents living nearby.

The plans for 9 Darwin Gardens involve the building of a four-bed two-storey house next to Mount House where Darwin grew up. The new home would have space for four parking spaces in the front garden.

A previous application for the scheme submitted to the council last year was eventually withdrawn by the applicants following a number of objections and strong criticism by English Heritage.

English Heritage said the visual impact on the historically significant grade II* listed site would be ‘severe’.

But developers have now altered the plans.

The changes include a new lower roof for the house, and the promise of more landscaping to create a buffer between the new development and the rest of Darwin Gardens.

The new plans have met with no objections from English Heritage, but residents living nearby still object.

Resident Miranda Kinnersley said: “The Mount House is a heritage site and once you have built a house on it, members of the public will no longer be able to enjoy it.”