Category: Planning

  • 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…

  • Public meeting – where should we build new homes?

    Shropshire Council’s Planning Policy team are now on the road conducting  public meetings around the county. For instance, public meetings are taking place to present proposals in Highley on 9th January, Ludlow on 14th January and Bridgnorth on 17th January. These are simply to provide information about sites and to answer questions. They are not being held…

  • Preferred Sites for the Shropshire Local Plan Review – Much Wenlock

    Shropshire Council has a duty to maintain an up to date development plan. As I wrote a few weeks ago, and in April, the current stage is consulting on its “preferred sites”. Failure to maintain an up to date plan has a number of unattractive consequences, including having few grounds upon which to resist speculative development.…

  • 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…

  • 29 Sycamore Road, Broseley Wood

    This is a sorry tale of what can go wrong with redevelopment of a brownfield site. Sycamore Road is a very narrow road in Broseley’s conservation area, leading off Cobwell Road which, in turn, is a steep residential street leading off Bridge Road. Although work has commenced on site, it is currently suspended. The background…