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Meeting on plans for 900 homes and commercial site in Bridgnorth

By Dominic Robertson | Bridgnorth | News | Published: | Last Updated:

People are being urged to attend a meeting about proposals which could see more than 900 homes and a huge commercial site built in Bridgnorth.

This map identifies the location of the proposed development boundary, preferred allocations and preferred land safeguarded for future development in Bridgnorth. Source: Shropshire Council preferred sites consultation document

The meeting, organised by Shropshire Council, will take place at Castle Hall, Bridgnorth, from 7pm on Thursday, January 17.

It will give people a chance to comment on the council's plans for where housing and commercial sites can be built over the next 20 years.

The Bridgnorth proposals include plans to build 1,500 homes. The council says sites have been found for 500, but space for more than 900 is still needed.

It is also wants to build 28 hectares of employment land, with sites needed for 16 hectares.

One of the council's proposals is to build a "garden settlement" on the former RAF Stanmore site.

Its documents proposing the move state: "In light of the issues and challenges identified above, Shropshire Council considers that there is sufficient evidence of ‘exceptional circumstances’ in Bridgnorth to justify building on the existing urban fabric of the former RAF Stanmore to create a new community as a mixed use ‘garden settlement’."

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The plan also earmarks large sections of green belt land for development after 2036.

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Shropshire Councillor William Parr, who represents Bridgnorth East and Astley Abbotts, has encouraged people to attend the meeting.

He said: “The Bridgnorth presentation will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the proposals whilst giving an opportunity at this public meeting to share any concerns and ask questions of the Shropshire Council planning policy officers about the proposed sites at this site allocation consultation meeting.”

Shropshire Councillor for Bridgnorth West and Tasley, Les Winwood, added: “I do hope that the residents support this important event on the future of Our community and have their say."

Shropshire Councillor Christian Lea, who represents Bridgnorth East and Astley Abbotts, said: “I would encourage local residents to come along to the meeting about the Bridgnorth Local Plan and to put their views forward regarding the proposed housing and employment sites. People will have the opportunity to suggest alternative sites, as well as letting Shropshire Council’s planning policy officers know of any issues which concern them regarding any proposed development in Bridgnorth.”

For more information see the Shropshire Local Plan Review Consultation on Preferred Sites document at shropshire.gov.uk/media/11266/00-preferred-sites-consultation-full-document.pdf

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