Shropshire neighbourhood plan consultation launched

An initial public consultation has been launched into one of the first neighbourhood plans to emerge from the government's neighbourhood planning 'vanguard' initiative, announced earlier this year.

Much Wenlock: 'plan will ensure that the community has a strong voice'
Much Wenlock: 'plan will ensure that the community has a strong voice'
In April, Much Wenlock in Shropshire was chosen as one of seventeen communities in England to be front-runners in the Government’s scheme to devolve planning to a local level.

A steering group set up to deliver the plans which includes councillors from Much Wenlock Town Council and local residents has identified five major themes which the initial consultation will focus on. These are:

 - Creating a sustainable community
 - Meeting local housing needs
 - Creating a prosperous local economy
 - Protecting the local environment
 - Improving community services.

On meeting local housing needs, the group says the neighbourhood plan will give local people "the chance to agree the housing needs of the parish between now and 2026". It says the plan could establish planning policies for housing in the area, identify where any new housing should be built and provide guidance on design and build quality.

Steering group chairman Mike Grace said: "The Neighbourhood Plan will ensure that the community has a strong voice in shaping the future of the town and its rural surrounding area.

"These are the first meetings to inform people of the opportunity we have and to get their ideas and responses to the Steering Group’s initial suggestions. We want to engage people from across the town and parish and through this participation understand their aspirations and future needs. We also hope to engage landowners to explore ways of delivering the community’s needs."

More details on the Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.

michael.donnelly@haymarket.com

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