Residents urged to respond to development plan for Shifnal

Shifnal Town Council is urging residents to respond to controversial plans for large scale development before it's too late.

Shifnal town centre
Shifnal town centre

The council said the extension to the consultation deadline on Shropshire Council's local plan review, which will now close at 5pm on Friday, February 26, should help provide residents with the chance to access the plan via a paper copy if needed.

It comes after concerns were raised that some people may not be able to respond to the proposals online due to constraints caused by the pandemic, such as libraries being closed.

The local plan outlines where housing and business land can be built up until 2038, and includes 1,500 homes and a business site of at least 41 hectares in Shifnal.

A statement from the town council said: "Shifnal Town Council has been engaging with Shropshire Council to address concerns over the restricted opportunity for individuals without online access to engage with the regulation 19 consultation, especially with the closure of local libraries.

"The town council is pleased that an extension of three weeks to the consultation period was agreed and also the opportunity for hard copies to be requested and supplied by Shropshire Council.

"Mayor Robert Harrop urges all local residents to take part in the consultation which has significant proposals for the future development of the town."

To make a request for a hard copy of the plan and for making comments on the consultation, contact 03456789004 or email planningpolicy@shropshire.gov.uk

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