Category: Shropshire Council

  • 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…

  • Much Wenlock’s roads go downhill

    Everyone in Much Wenlock and the surrounding area will be aware of the poor state of the roads and footways locally. There are problems all around Shropshire and, indeed, many other counties. South Shropshire has a meandering network of roads whose poor condition can be traced back to the original use of the internal combustion…

  • 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…

  • Bus service reprieve

    Back in April I wrote about bus route subsidy cuts that Shropshire Council was proposing. I was concerned that Benthall and Broseley Wood might lose the late 8 and that the 436 through Much Wenlock might become an endangered species. The consultation said “we requested that all our bus operators ……. provide details of the level of…

  • Will Benthall and Broseley Wood lose the late 8?

    Shropshire Council is under enormous financial pressure. Central government funding disadvantages a large rural county like Shropshire, where the population is relatively low. This also means that council tax receipts are relatively low. And because Shropshire is a largely rural county, the cost of delivering services to each household is relatively high. The problem, outside…

  • 436 buses – an endangered species?

    Shropshire Council is under enormous financial pressure. Central government funding disadvantages a large rural county like Shropshire, where the population is relatively low. This also means that council tax receipts are relatively low. And because Shropshire is a largely rural county, the cost of delivering services to each household is relatively high. The problem, outside…

  • 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…