Category: Planning

  • Even more houses in Much Wenlock?

    In November 2018 Shropshire Council announced its “preferred sites” for more housing in Cressage and Much Wenlock, including 80 dwellings at Bridgnorth Road. Shropshire Council’s Local Plan Review requires around 150 new houses in Much Wenlock by 2036. Around 45 are already built or have consent, leaving 105 to find. On 31st January, Shropshire Council received…

  • Much Wenlock’s flood management – should it mean even more houses?

    Storm Ciara swept across the whole of the UK on Sunday 9th February, bringing heavy rain and very strong winds. There was some alarm at its likely impact in Shropshire, but it is largely forgotten in Much Wenlock now. Its effect upon the town was dwarfed by Storm Dennis one week later. Overnight on 15th/16th February…

  • Ironbridge planning applications are submitted

    The owners of the site, Harworth Group, have submitted their planning application for the 350-acre Ironbridge site’s long-term redevelopment. In addition, a separate application to Shropshire Council has been submitted to extract up to 1.9 million tonnes of sand and gravel. These applications are now available for inspection on Shropshire Council’s website. At my request,…

  • Strategic Sites

    On 15th August, Much Wenlock Town Council met to consider its response to Shropshire Council’s Strategic Sites proposals as part of its Local Plan Review consultation. This rolls forward growth plans to 2036. This follows the Preferred Sites consultation that took place in the spring, and which saw Much Wenlock Town Council endorse Shropshire Council’s…

  • Ironbridge – strategic sites consultation

    Under its Local Plan Review, Shropshire Council is working on development plans for the period up to 2036. In Much Wenlock it seems that an additional 150 homes during that period is accepted as reasonable by many residents, although there has been considerable concern about the proposed site for 80 houses off Bridgnorth Road, which…

  • Ironbridge Power Station – masterplan consultation

    Harworth, the developers of the Ironbridge Power Station site held a stakeholders’ event this morning to look at the emerging masterplan for the site. The whole of the design team were said to be on site, including minerals specialist and highways consultants. Those attending included representatives from Shropshire Council’s economic development team, William Brookes School, Priorslee and…

  • Pinefield, 40 High Street – visible progress and another planning application

    At long last, there is visible good news about this historic eyesore at the gateway to Much Wenlock.   Back in July 2016 I wrote about Shropshire Council issuing a “Section 215” notice on the owners requiring them to put this Grade II listed property into good order. No work was apparently carried out, but…

  • Local Plan Review – consultation deadline extended

    Shropshire Council’s Local Plan Review is attracting much interest – and nowhere more than in Much Wenlock. There was standing room only in Priory Hall for the “preferred sites” presentation on 3rd January, there were interested residents at the Town Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 8th January, and every seat was taken in the Guildhall…

  • A missed opportunity

    On 17th January Much Wenlock Town Council met to “consider the  Much Wenlock section of the Local Plan Review – Preferred Sites and to agree the Town Council’s response to Shropshire Council.” The casual observer might have believed that what was intended was a overview of the various site proposals that had been submitted to…

  • More houses – meetings, meetings, meetings

    On 3rd January, I chaired a public meeting at Priory Hall for a presentation of Shropshire Council’s Local Plan Review. The room was packed with standing room (and not much of it) only. Adrian Cooper, Shropshire Council’s Planning Policy & Strategy Manager, set out the need for the Local Plan Review and the background to…