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Oswestry’s Heritage Heroes

Yesterday was the 4th Oswestry Hillfort Hug when people from near and far came together to defend their Iron Age Heritage from the depredations of greedy money and philistine authority…. .  

Is Oswestry Britain’s unluckiest town?

Everyone knows the hillfort’s setting is in peril but few know of Whittington, 3 miles away. For 2 years “Metal Detecting Holidays” has run 16 tours based there, mainly for Americans (paying £1,499 each). They say they “register older finds with PAS” but PAS’s map, below, shows only 7 finds at Whittington and very few […]

Oswestry Hill Fort: beware of Galliers bearing gifts!

Galliers Homes are building 19 houses in Newport, Salop (£365,000 each, so £7 million in total). They’re donating £500 to a local school for a piano. Not a lot but not unique: “We always consider the community” said a spokesperson. So will there be a gift for Oswestry where Galliers want to build 6 times […]

Oswestry Agenda busters?

Back in September,  Hands off Old Oswestry Hillfort (HOOOH) pointed out that the news that Shropshire has a 5 + year surplus of housing land destroys the case for building new houses on the setting of Oswestry Hillfort. So far, unsurprisingly, Shropshire Council hasn’t embraced that logic. However, Oswestry Town Council has now resolved to […]

Oswestry hillfort’s setting: not just a chance of reprieve but of being permanently saved!

Shropshire’s latest five-year housing figures make a re-think obligatory say the campaigners. The new figures show the latest Salop 5 year housing land supply is in surplus, with a 6.04 years supply of deliverable housing land, equating to 2,140 homes above target. This opens the way for the 117 houses in the hillfort’s setting to […]

A new threat to the setting of Oswestry Hill Fort?

Land for Sale: [see here]. “The land offers itself for a variety of uses to include agricultural, amenity, equestrian and the potential for future residential development (subject to gaining planning permission)“   . In normal circumstances, in most places, the possibility of residential development wouldn’t even be worth mentioning. But this is Shropshire …

The new Oswestry Hillfort information board has something missing!

. On the left, English Heritage’s new information board. On the right, the future. The two small developments have been dropped (they were standard Developers’ try-ons). The main one hasn’t.

Historic England’s new draft advice suggests there should be no development near Oswestry Hillfort!

In its recent draft Note 3: Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning, Historic England explains how to implement Historic Environment planning policy. [NB, it advises how to implement Government policy, not how to do what’s right for heritage, a crucial distinction]. There’s lots of detail, though almost all the advice is left open for […]

Oswestry – The Annual Heritage Hug approaches…

Hundreds of voices set to ring out from iconic Shropshire hillfort at annual heritage hug -Community prepares to send out big message about heritage and greenspace for Valentine’s week- Oswestry will be displaying its affection for local heritage and greenspace in a landmark initiative as part of annual celebrations devoted to Old Oswestry hillfort. The […]

Oswestry: not minding the gap.

Remember we said Oswestry Hillfort would have been safe in West Oxfordshire or West Sussex? Now  you can add East Sussex too: “the Secretary of State also agrees with the Inspector’s conclusion that the scale of development proposed would have a harmful effect by eroding the existing clear sense of separation”. “A clear sense of […]