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Less than a week to help shape future development of Shrewsbury

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People have until Friday 20 January 2023 to have their say about how new development should be designed in Shrewsbury – and more than 300 responses have been submitted so far.

The Shrewsbury Big Town Plan Partnership, made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID, is working with specialists, LDA Design, to create a design code which will ensure future developments are delivered to the highest standards and remain sensitive to the town’s outstanding heritage.

Work is now under way to develop a design code for the west end, Frankwell and Riverside areas of Shrewsbury – and people are being asked for their views.

QR codes have also been placed around these areas of Shrewsbury to make it even easier for people to share their thoughts and ideas. All you need to do is scan the code with a smartphone and it will take you straight to the project website.

A design code sign in Shrewsbury

A design code sign in Shrewsbury

Lisa Richards, Shropshire Council’s design code project manager, said:-

“We are making a lot of effort to encourage people to have their say about the design of buildings and public spaces in the west end, Frankwell and Riverside.

“It’s vital that people tell us what they like or dislike about the current buildings, and what elements are important to them so any future development can deliver great places for everyone to enjoy.

“The deadline for receiving comments is this Friday (20 January), so please don’t miss out on your chance to influence this important project.

“Go to the website at shrewsburydesigncode.commonplace.is to have your say.”

One of the key priorities agreed through the Shrewsbury Big Town Plan was that any new developments should reflect the town’s unique character and heritage by meeting ‘The Shrewsbury Test’.

Another design code sign in Shrewsbury

Another design code sign in Shrewsbury

A successful way of achieving this is to create a design code setting out the areas considered special and important to maintain, but also to be enhanced by any future development.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for growth and regeneration, said:-

“We want to know what makes people go wow; and conversely, what has the opposite effect.

“What are good examples of how Shrewsbury should look, and what needs to change? How do people think things should change in the future?

“It’s all about giving the community the opportunity to shape the future of their town, and we would urge as many people as possible to get involved.”

By identifying these unique qualities at the outset, the design code offers a level of certainty and clarity for any new proposals to take into account.

Go to shrewsburydesigncode.commonplace.is to get involved.