Recent News

  • Much Wenlock’s flooding risk reduced

    This week saw the official opening of Much Wenlock’s flood alleviation scheme. On many occasions over the years, Much Wenlock has suffered surface water flooding. This has usually occurred when there has been a heavy summer downpour combined with the ground being either waterlogged, or being baked hard and unable to absorb the water. The…

  • Pinefield – planning application approved

    I wrote about the planning application at the end of August but, in brief it is for “Erection of one dwelling with garage; repair to outbuilding; erection of one pair of semi-detached dwellings with attached 3-bay garage” – so, three dwellings proposed on the back land of this derelict property. Yesterday, Shropshire Council’s South Planning Committee members…

  • Constituency boundary changes – Much Wenlock remains with Ludlow

    Back in November 2016 at Shrewsbury’s Prince Rupert Hotel, I joined a number of local councillors, MPs and peers who had gathered for a public hearing. This provided the opportunity to challenge the Boundary Commission for England‘s proposals to re-draw parliamentary constituencies. The Commission’s brief was to balance the number of electors in each constituency at around 75,000 – currently, and…

  • 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…

  • Pinefield – 40 High Street, Much Wenlock

    I wrote in August about the Listed Building Application, which largely dealt with refurbishing the exterior of this listed historic property, being granted consent. The associated Planning Application for three houses on the back land is outside the town’s Conservation Area. It has been under consideration for some time, with comments being received from a number…

  • Darwin Place

    Many months ago, local residents in Southfield Road encountered disturbance from residents of the neighbouring Darwin Place. Darwin Place is a small residential home for adults with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders. Following a couple of meetings I had with local residents and the management from Swanton Care, which manages this facility, actions were…

  • Ironbridge Power Station (3)

    I wrote in January and in May this year about the closure of Ironbridge Power Station. Plans are already underway for demolition of “conveyors 6 and 7 and associated structures” this autumn. At the end of last week Shropshire Council posted an application for the demolition of: “Zone 1 – four, natural draft, hyperbolic cooling…

  • More housing in Much Wenlock?

    The Shropshire Local Plan currently comprises the Core Strategy (adopted 2011) and the Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) Plan (adopted 2015), together with the adopted Neighbourhood Plans for Much Wenlock and Shifnal. These documents set out proposals for the use of land and policies to guide future development in order to help to…

  • Swan & Falcon Inn – soon to be The Huntsman and the Whipper Inn?

    The site next to the former Swan & Falcon Inn, more recently Barclays Bank, was the scene of a well-behaved demonstration in February 2010. The developer of the Falcons Court houses had partially constructed a house fronting the High Street, faced with unapproved bricks and larger than the planning consent granted. The Shropshire Star reported that,…

  • Litter pick in Much Wenlock

    Today saw a resumption of our regular litter pick sessions around Much Wenlock after a summer break. I think we had a record turn-out, which is gratifying. Volunteers equipped with bags and grab sticks headed off in different directions at 10am, returning two hours later with bags full of rubbish of all kinds. Unusually, the…