Archive for August, 2015
The adopted Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan seeks to encourage home ownership at an affordable level which suits the needs of an ageing population, first- time buyers and young families. It cites small schemes comprising up to ten dwellings to remain as affordable housing for people with a local connection, in perpetuity.
Marches CLT Services, a consultancy provided by Shropshire Housing Group with expertise in community-led housing, has been working with a small group of local people to explore this ambition. The Town Council will consider how it will work with this community-led housing initiative at its next meeting on 3rd September 2015. The meeting will, as usual, be held in public. Further information about the scheme may be found on the website: www.shropshirehousinggroup.co.uk/muchwenlockcommunity
Much Wenlock & Shipton Local Joint Committee have been allocated £3,000 to support youth activity in their area. This may be of interest to local organisations or individuals interested in delivering youth provision for 10-19 year olds. If you want to know more, please contact Kerry Rogers, Community Enablement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent quotes in the Shropshire Star attributed to housing developers were unrepresentative. The majority of our developers and agents have worked with and support Shropshire Council’s approach, whereby each new house build attracts an affordable housing contribution. This recognises the unique character of our beautiful rural county which attracts new developments of larger properties.
The position in our town of Much Wenlock is even starker. Zoopla, the property website covering the residential property market, has just published statistics showing that average prices in Wenlock are the highest in Shropshire.
Shropshire Council’s position is that affordable housing can only be provided with subsidy of some kind and there is an acute need for affordable housing in Shropshire. There are currently around 7,500 households seeking local affordable housing on the Council’s housing waiting list. We have house price to household income ratios of 13:1 in some areas, and over 80% of Shropshire’s earning households could not afford to buy a local level entry/starter home (2 bed terrace).
Shropshire Council’s Core Strategy policy CS11 requires that all new housing makes an appropriate contribution to local needs affordable housing, in recognition of our acute and particular affordable housing pressures. It is clear from the many viability studies undertaken that, in the vast majority of Shropshire building plots, there is adequate value in the deal to make this contribution.
Shropshire Council believes that the approach it has taken has been carefully considered and is fair and appropriate to Shropshire.
This house, which has been unoccupied for many years, has been the subject of much concern. Grade II listed, it was once occupied by the distinguished author Rev. D.H.S. Cranage*, curate of Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock.
I have been pursuing this over the past couple of years and, at last, it seems that a planning application has now been submitted to Shropshire Council. I understand that some information is still outstanding, so it may not be validated and publicised for a week or two. In view of the level of interest locally, I thought that advance notice might be of some assistance.
* Born on 10 October 1866, David Cranage was educated at King’s College, Cambridge. Ordained in 1897, he held curacies at Little Wenlock and Much Wenlock and was Secretary of the Cambridge University Local Lectures until his appointment as Dean of Norwich, a post he held for 19 years. He died on 22 October 1957. He is of special local importance, having written the authoritative work “An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire”.