Archive for January, 2017
Ironbridge Power Station has closed and it is now being decommissioned. After many years of generating power for the grid it is obsolete. The owner, Uniper, will now try to extract the company to its best advantage.
Meanwhile the host community has to fight its corner. It sits – just – within Shropshire Council and is its single largest NDR (business rates) contributor. It has an obvious link with the World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and is close to the boundary of the electoral division of Much Wenlock.
There is obvious potential for the site to be redeveloped over time and clearly there are concerns about the end use(s) and the impact that they might have on the locality. There are significant opportunities for local employment and for regional economic regeneration. I recently met with Cllr Claire Wild, within whose electoral division the power station sits, and Cllr Nicola Lowery, who is the Member for Ironbridge in order to open up lines of communication ahead of the Shropshire’s and Telford’s discussions with Uniper about the future of the site. We are determined to ensure that local communities’ voices are heard in coming months. The Shropshire Star has our story.
The excavation of the flood attenuation ponds at The Shylte (Stretton Road) and The Sytche are progressing well after the Christmas break.
Before Christmas there were some issues with mud on the road and, as a result of my intervention, the road was reswept on 23rd December. The contractor has installed further wheel washes at the Shylte site compound and Sytche and has also created a tarmac area at Shylte to try and prevent as much mud getting on to the Highway. I understand that the highways situation is now much improved.
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As part of the Inspector’s Examination of the Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan, Shropshire Council committed to an early partial review of its Local Plan, extending the plan period from 2026 to 2036. Strategic options include:
- Housing Requirement
- Strategic distribution of future growth
- Strategies for employment growth
- Delivering development in rural settlements
Much Wenlock, of course, has a Neighbourhood Development Plan which was adopted in July 2014. It covers the period from 2013 to 2026 and clearly the roll forward to 2036 raises a number of important issues. I am keen to ensure that the consultation process recognises the Neighbourhood Plan’s importance and the local tensions around housing numbers. I therefore spoke at Shropshire Council’s Cabinet meeting today (18th January). You can hear what I said at about 22:40 and Portfolio Holder Cllr Mal Price’s response at around 28:10.