The ground-breaking Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan is described in his report by the independent examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, thus: “The Plan has been prepared in a very professional way. Its design, policies and approach are informative and easy to understand, and it is clear that there has been a high degree of community support and interest. Much of this is captured in a well-presented web-site www.wenlockplan.org.”
He goes on to say “The Plan is very comprehensive and sets out 40 policies underpinning nine objectives. This is a huge challenge in itself for a neighbourhood planning group.” He continues “This professional and thorough approach is to be commended to others embarking on this process and the Steering Group has had several visits from other such groups preparing neighbourhood plans.” Mr Ashcroft concludes his 38-page report as follows: “I trust that the preparation and implementation of this neighbourhood plan will help Much Wenlock to preserve its unique character and to allow an appropriate and well-managed level of growth to ensure its on-going sustainability as a vibrant and attractive market town.” The report can be found here
.Subject to confirmation of the date, the referendum will be held locally on 22nd May when the question will be “Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area?”.