Village to get say on neighbourhood plan

By Rob Smith | Market Drayton | News | Published:

Villagers will get their say in a referendum on the future of their home, and a date has been set.

Stephen Clifford, back right

Woore residents will get the chance on Thursday, May 30, to vote for or against the Woore Neighbourhood Plan's adoption by Shropshire Council to guide further development in the village, near Market Drayton.

Polls in the Woore Victory Hall will be open from 7am to 10pm.

Stephen Clifford is the vice-chair of the Woore Parish Neighbourhood Planning Team, and he said he hopes the plan is supported over its final hurdle after it was approved by an independent examiner.

He said: "The question which will be asked in the referendum is 'do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Woore to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'

"All registered electors in the parish may vote – postal votes will be issued to those registered for them.

"Thanks to all who have been involved in any way in preparation of the plan since the public meeting in March 2016 – now we need parishioners to vote 'yes' in as large numbers as possible, so that the plan they have helped to form can really influence the future of the parish.

"Thanks are due particularly to all members of the final team which submitted the plan for examination, for all their hard work: apart from our chairman, Jon Furber and myself, Councillors Mike Cowey and Malcolm Blake, representing the parish council, Karin Billany, Chris Jeffries, Mandy Jones, Alan Melvin, Ann Thompson, and Lucy Hughes, our professional consultant."

The final version of the plan, as amended by Shropshire Council in line with the examiner's final recommendations, is available at

Supporting papers will be placed in the Woore Country Store until the day of the vote.

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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