Highway improvements complete at Donnington Wood Way

July 29, 2021

Highway improvement works which will support the delivery of a unique mixed tenure housing scheme on the site off Donnington Wood Way are now complete.

The work was funded by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as a part of the £7m Stronger Communities package, secured in 2020, to enable a series of sites across the borough and drive the delivery of new homes and jobs.

Completed by council partner and highways contractor Balfour Beatty, the scheme has delivered the installation of two new highway accesses off Donnington Wood Way to serve the new development plus some upgrades to local footpaths and cycleways.

The work includes:
• A new signalised junction to the southern part of the Donnington Wood Way site including a controlled at grade pedestrian crossing.
• A new signalised junction to the northern part of the Donnington Wood Way site including a controlled at grade pedestrian crossing.
• A new signalised pedestrian crossing point to the south of the site, to more effectively link the development to ASDA and Donnington.
• Improvements to the existing underpass off Dalebrook Drive.
• A reduction in the speed limit on Donnington Wood Way from 50mph to 40mph

Councillor David Wright, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Housing, said:

“We’re extremely grateful to the LEP for providing the funding which has allowed us to prepare for this new development. We had to work very quickly to deliver the works in order to meet LEP funding timescales and are very glad we managed to meet the programme. This is a huge step towards bringing forward  new, high quality and sustainable development to the borough which will meet local housing need whilst also ensuring existing residents get to benefit from the improvements– particularly around the upgraded footpaths and cycleways.”

Mandy Thorn MBE, chair of the Marches LEP, said the improvements were part of a wider Growth Deal investment to drive economic growth across the Marches.

“We were delighted to support this work as part of a £27 million Growth Deal funding package we agreed last summer which we expect to create up to 1,749 jobs. The Donnington Wood Way improvements will support the building of new homes and help create some of those new jobs and opportunities.”

The new development at Donnington Wood Way will see 329 new homes bought forward by a partnership comprising of Telford & Wrekin Council, Nuplace Ltd – the Council’s wholly owned housing company, Lovell Partnerships Ltd and Housing Association, Wrekin Housing Group.

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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