A story in yesterday’s Shropshire Star is not about Oswestry Hill Fort and yet it is…..
It is about another Shropshire Iron Age hill fort, Norton Camp, a huge but overgrown hill fort on the outskirts of another Shropshire town, Craven Arms, to the South of Oswestry. There are controversial plans to build 14 new executive style homes near to it despite objections from residents. However, ever respectful of the County’s historic heritage Shropshire Council is standing firm ….
It is likely to recommend outline planning permission is granted but only subject to a “stringent” set of restrictions on the developers, including allowing archaeologists onto the site before any building work takes place “to make sure there is nothing of value on the development site”.
There’s the crux. Shropshire Council will make sure nothing of heritage value is lost adjacent to a hill fort at Craven Arms while fighting like a starving pit bull to damage the setting of another hill fort at Oswestry.