01/10/2020 - Permalink

Leader of Shropshire Council welcomes residents’ views on Local Plan

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Residents’ views will be at the heart of a plan to shape the future of development in the county for the next generation.

Shropshire Council Leader Peter Nutting met a number of residents outside Shirehall in Shrewsbury to receive written responses to the council’s Local Plan, which will set out a planning blueprint for the county until 2038.

Residents from both Much Wenlock and Shifnal met the Leader to hand over consultation documents giving their views, on the day this round of consultation came to an end.

Councillor Peter Nutting receives feedback into the Local Plan from residents of Much Wenlock

Peter Nutting receives feedback into the Local Plan from residents of Much Wenlock

Peter Nutting said:

“I was lucky enough to meet a small number of residents who handed me their views on our Local Plan personally.

“I was so pleased to meet them and will read them all, along with all the comments we have had online. We will take them all on board and do as much as we can to help all residents.

“I can’t promise everybody will get everything they want, but we are working hard and studying all the documents to get an overarching view on what is important to everybody in the county.

“It is vitally important to listen to what people want for their community, and that we work with them to ensure we do what we can to shape the future.

“We are a listening council and have already taken on board comments on major parts of the plans which have been changed.

“We are working hard to put together a successful plan, which will be considered next year and help us shape the future.”

The residents from Much Wenlock were joined by their local Shropshire Councillor David Turner.

He said:

“It is vital that residents in my area had their say on this, as there is great concern over the future of housing in the town.

“I was really pleased to meet with Peter Nutting and help them hand over their responses in a socially-distanced and responsible way.”

The Local Plan sets out the future planning aspirations for the council going forward.

Four rounds of consultation have already been carried out since 2017, with the most recent considering strategic development sites.

The plan will be submitted to the Government for examination in early 2021, subject to Full Council approval.

As part of the Local Plan review, a consultation into strategic development sites was carried out in summer 2019.

The consultation proposed sites at the former Ironbridge Power Station, Buildwas; Clive Barracks at Tern Hill; and RAF Cosford, but proposals for a strategic employment site, housing and related community services north of Junction 3 of the M54 weren’t supported as a preferred development site.