Housing growth in Shropshire – and Much Wenlock

On 18th October Shropshire Council’s Cabinet will consider a consultation on the preferred scale of housing and employment development in Shropshire during the period to 2036 for the “Local Plan Review”. The consultation also looks at the preferred distribution of this growth around the county. The preferred option is housing growth of 28,750 over the 20-year period. No specific sites are identified at this stage

The Cabinet paper and its appendices run to around 140 pages, so I can’t do it justice in a short article here. Quite rightly, it recognises that Much Wenlock (and now Shifnal) have adopted Neighbourhood Plans. Suffice to say that in the plan period (2016 to 2036), the proposed guideline is for a further 150 houses in Much Wenlock, which drops to 105 once the existing planning consents are taken into account. The proposal suggests that a further 0.5 hectare of employment land is also required locally.

In other settlements in the countryside, the preferred strategy will continue to strictly control new market housing whilst supporting new affordable housing for local needs and small scale employment opportunities including appropriate agricultural diversification. In Much Wenlock Division this will include Barrow, Bourton, Brockton, Easthope, Homer, Shipton and Stanton Long.

If the paper is approved, the consultation will run from 27th October 2017 for eight weeks (closing Friday 22nd December). It will be available on Shropshire Council’s website and at the library.