'We're really pleased': Shropshire Council thanks respondents to local plan consultation

The leader of Shropshire Council says he is "really pleased" with the response to the authority's consultation on the county's draft local plan.

Shifnal Matter representative John Moore handing over consultation responses to Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting
Shifnal Matter representative John Moore handing over consultation responses to Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting

The plan which lays out where homes and business land can be built, up until 2038. It sets a target of building 30,800 homes in Shropshire over the lifespan of the plan.

The consultation ended on Wednesday, when Councillor Nutting met representatives from the campaign groups Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan Refresh Group (NPRG) and Shifnal Matters, which have both been vocal in their objection to the proposals.

Councillor Nutting said: "I've been meeting residents from Much Wenlock and Shifnal who have given me documents about the local plan review that we're undertaking at the moment.

"We're really pleased to receive comments from everybody. We're going to take them all on board.

"We're going to try and do as much as we can to help residents, but I can't promise everybody will get everything they do want.

Understand

"But we're working really hard on all the documents to understand exactly what our residents really want for Shropshire and they will become part of a legal document which will go before the planning inspectorate next year.

"Then we'll have to take on board whatever the planning inspectorate say."

Members of the group in Much Wenlock gave their 84-page submission, which laid out reasons residents believe plans for at least 120 houses on Bridgnorth Road would cause “fundamental damage to the unique character of the town”.

Meanwhile, Shifnal Matters submitted responses stating its opposition to Shropshire Council’s proposals for development in the town.

The council plan includes space for a new bypass, an employment site of at least 16 hectares of land and a further 1,500 homes for the town, with green belt land being set aside for some of the development.

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