Category: Housing

  • Preferred Sites for the Shropshire Local Plan Review

    I wrote on this topic in June. A paper being presented to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet next Wednesday covers consultation on the preferred sites across the county.  If agreed, the consultation period will be from 29th November to 31st January 2019 and will provide an opportunity for local councils, residents, landowners, developers and agents to comment…

  • Affordable housing in Much Wenlock

    On Thursday, Shropshire Council’s Leader, Cllr Peter Nutting, attended Much Wenlock Town Council’s monthly meeting. When Peter advised me of his invitation from the mayor, he said that the Town Council had told him it wanted “to talk about potential housing in the town”. This inevitably sparked my interest and I looked at the few…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – public consultation

    I wrote a couple of weeks ago about early steps by the new owners, Harworth Group, to engage with the local community. With eight major projects in the north of England under their belts, they appear to be skilled not only in terms of demolition and remediation, but also in mixed development. I was pleased…

  • Callaughtons Ash, Much Wenlock – local homes for local people

    Last month I wrote that over 100 applicants applied for the ten new affordable homes for rent at Callaughtons Ash. 63 applicants returned “Local Connection” forms to South Shropshire Housing  Association, and 27 households were found to have a sufficiently strong connection with Much Wenlock to automatically qualify for one of these properties. Inevitably, 17 householders…

  • Callaughtons Ash – local homes for local people (March 2018)

    The latest news is that 102 bids were received for the ten properties for rent at Callaughtons Ash. “Local Connection” forms have been sent out to all applicants and returned, and South Shropshire Housing Association (SSHA) are now verifying them. The plan is that, by the end of March, offers will be made and pre-tenancy…

  • Public consultation on new houses in Much Wenlock

    As part of its Local Plan Review, Shropshire Council is now consulting on the preferred scale and distribution of development – how many houses and where they might be built. “Local” in this context means Shropshire. I wrote in September and October on this topic. I’ll remind you that the County’s approach is that there should be a further 150…

  • Local homes for local people in Much Wenlock

    The development off the Callaughton lane in Much Wenlock is proceeding apace and is on schedule for completion in the spring of 2018. There seems to be uncertainty in some quarters about the eligibility of local people for these new homes. The Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan 2013-26 provides for meeting the affordable housing needs of…

  • Affordable housing

    Affordable homes in Much Wenlock for folk who can demonstrate a Much Wenlock connection come a step closer – formal planning consent has now been granted for the scheme encouraged by the Neighbourhood Plan. Subject to satisfying planning conditions, I understand that Shropshire Housing Group’s builders hope to commence on site in Callaughton lane in…