At a public meeting that I called this month, Shropshire Council planning officers explained how the Neighbourhood Plan might work in practise. There were a number of questions from the attendees about affordable housing – one of the key elements of the Plan.
A dialogue with a housing association was proposed. This community-led approach, pioneered right here in Shropshire, could work in parallel with a Community Land Trust, as proposed by Much Wenlock Town Council.
This could provide real choice and control, for instance ensuring that the houses are occupied by local people. If you are willing to help or are interested in learning more about being part of a working group, becoming a trustee or being on a design panel, please contact me.
If you are a landowner who would like to discuss the potential of this initiative with Shropshire Council’s Housing Enablement Team, please call 01743 252428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.