Shropshire Star

No new housing sites to be added to Shropshire's local development plan

Shropshire Council will tell planning inspectors that no fresh housing sites will be added to its Local Development plan – if the response is approved by cabinet next week.

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The council has revealed its long-awaited reply to planning inspectors carrying out an examination of its LDP – a hugely important document which sets out housing and development plans for every town and village in the Shropshire Council area.

The response will be considered by the authority's cabinet next Wednesday, and if approved will be sent to the inspectors for consideration.

The document says that the council will not be adding any new housing or development sites to its plans – already made up of 30,800 homes up to 2038, including a contribution of 1,500 for councils in the Black Country, which are struggling to find their own space for development.

The paper prepared for the cabinet says that "new information" providing a "reasoned and justified response" has been prepared on a number of "key points".

The paper, from Mark Barrow, the council's executive director for place, states: "Importantly, the new material provides a justification for why it is felt the council does not need to amend its previously agreed housing and employment land requirements, and therefore that we do not believe it necessary to identify any additional site allocations for development."