Launch Event November 2011

MWNP Launch Presentation

MWNP Launch Presentation Booklet

Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan Flickr Page

Landowners’ Involvement

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group wrote to a number of landowners regarding the part they may take in the development of the plan.

The Steering Group worked with Shropshire Council to ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan would be consistent with, and complementary to, their Core Strategy and would be the local means by which their SAMDev (“Site Allocations and Management of Development”)* exercise is discharged.

The Steering Group anticipated that the neighbourhood planning process would provide the local communities with the opportunity to:

  • Establish planning policies for the development and use of land
  • Choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
  • Have their say on what those buildings should look like
  • Grant permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead

At the 13th December meeting, Steering Group members Mike Grace and Howard Horsley explained the neighbourhood planning process, with contributions from Jake Berriman, Shropshire Council’s Head of Strategic Delivery. Attendees heard how site allocation work under SAMDev in Much Wenlock was suspended until such time as the neighbourhood planning process was completed. There were a number of questions regarding the Community Infrastructure Levy* and its implications for new development. Some landowners expressed a wish to be involved in meetings with statutory consultees. Many also wished to be notified by email of any significant events in the neighbourhood plan process.

Landowners’ Meeting Notes – 13th December 2011

A further meeting took place on 31st January covering similar topics, although Shropshire Council was represented by Richard Lawrence, Head of Shrewsbury Growth Point.

Landowners Meeting Notes – 31st January 2012

In October 2012 we held five drop-in sessions where the nine proposed objectives were open for comment and during this period a number of sites in the parish were put forward by landowners.

Proposed Objectives

Proposed Objectives Booklet

Here are summaries of the site proposals.

A.     Bradley Farm – Riding for Disabled facility – Trustees of Willey Estate

  • develop farm buildings
  • build 40m x 80m indoor riding arena,
  • extended activity centre into the Acklands and Bradley coppice for wheelchair bound children
  • contact Selina Graham [01952 882133 or 07917 625033]

B.     Homer Farm – Mr. Wheeler – suggestion of development of 10 dwellings

  • This is a 19 hectare site with 6 hectares suggested for housing
  • 10 houses are proposed
  • Suggested 10% for affordable housing
  • Contact Mr. L. Wheeler [01952 726832]

C.     Land east of Bridgnorth Road (adjacent to Primary School) – Wenlock Estates

  • 3.88 hectare site with 3.10 hectare to be used for development
  • Suggested 85-90 houses; with 70 within 5 years and 15-20 in following 5 years
  • Suggested that the proportion of affordable housing will be in accordance with Shropshire Council policy
  • Contact Mr. C M Sackett [0121 213 5500]

D.     Land south of Stretton Road, Much Wenlock – Wenlock Estates

  • Site of 2.38 hectares with amount for development to be decided
  • Part (0.72 hectares) of site owned by Shropshire Council – the Estate considers that a partnership approach would be appropriate
  • Proposing employment development – comprising office, general industrial, storage/distribution and other
  • Site servicing may require public investment
  • Contact Mr. C M Sackett [0121 213 5500]

E.     Lady Forester Nursing Home – English Care Ltd

  • Site area not stated; includes and surrounds the Nursing Home
  • Land is owned by English Care Ltd.
  • Suggested that the site is suitable for housing or employment uses
  • If housing, the proposal would be for a total of 18 dwellings
  • Contact David English [01743 266950]

F.     Wenlock Edge Quarries – The National Trust

  • This sets out the Trust’s proposals for the future of three quarries on Stretton Road
  • The Trust owns 12km of woodland on Wenlock Edge adjoining the quarries
  • Proposes the protection of the geology and wildlife of the quarries and how this could help tourism, health, leisure, learning and enterprise in the local area
  • The submission suggests how the Trust’s proposals can deliver the 9 objectives in the Plan. For example, the Trust suggests over 14 new jobs could be created, an increase of up to 200,000 more visitors/tourists to the area, reduction in local flooding but they do not propose housing development
  • Contact – no contact details have been provided in the proposal

G.     Land north of Stretton Road – Wenlock Estates

  • The site area is not stated
  • The Estate has identified a small site north of Stretton Road as a possible site for housing, particularly for bungalows
  • The proposals could include some improvements to the Stretton Road for pedestrians
  • Contact Mr. C M Sackett [0121 213 5500]

H.     Land opposite petrol station/Hodgecroft – Wenlock Estates

  • The site area is not stated
  • The Estate has identified a substantial site fronting the Bridgnorth Road as a possible location for new health and police facilities
  • No further details have been provided
  • Contact Mr. C M Sackett [0121 213 5500]

I.     Land to the west of Walton Grange – Mr. A Hill

  • The site area is 6.58 hectares and suggests that 3 hectares is suitable for development
  • Currently farmland, the proposal is that the land could be used for tourism and leisure purposes
  • In particular the site could be used for a caravan and camping site
  • The proposal suggests that the site could be sensitively designed and landscaped and the infrastructure would be powered by renewable energy
  • Contact Mr. S. J. Locke (Berrys) 01743 267062

J.     Land to the north of the Sytche Caravan Park – Mr. A Hill

  • The site is 2.53 hectares and it is estimated that all of this site could be suitable fro development
  • The site is considered suitable for a holiday lodge park
  • The proposal suggests that it could be fully screened and landscaped, so providing conservation and environmental benefits, and would help boost the local economy
  • Contact Mr. S. J. Locke (Berrys) 01743 267062

K.     Land at Sytche House (old quarry site) – Mr. A Hill

  • The site is 0.174 hectares and suggests that the whole site could be suitable for development
  • The site currently has a planning permission for 4 ‘park homes’ and it is suggested could be suitable for housing development
  • The proposal suggests a development of 4 houses and would include a contribution to affordable housing; a local house builder is interested in the site
  • Contact Mr. S. J. Locke (Berrys) 01743 267062

L.     The Sytche Caravan Park – Mr. A Hill

  • The site is 1.87 hectares and the suggestion is that all the site could be suitable for development
  • Currently the site has planning permission for 25 toutring caravans plus tents on an 11 month licence
  • The proposal is that this site could be used for housing or tourism and leisure uses
  • The development could be for 30 (eco-friendly) dwellings with a contribution to affordable housing
  • Alternatively, it could be enhanced as a tourism/leisure use i.e. log cabins
  • Contact Mr. S. J. Locke (Berrys) 01743 267062

M.     Land west of Much Wenlock, off Southfield Road – Mr. A Hill

  • The site area is 1.22 hectares and all of this is suggested as suitable for development
  • The proposals is for 25 dwellings including a contribution to affordable housing; a local house builder is interested in the site
  • The land is adjacent to the Wheatlands Care Home and the owner suggests that any development could be carefully landscaped to blend into the area
  • Contact Mr. S. J. Locke (Berrys) 01743 267062

N.     Premises and land at Wheatland Services Ltd. – Mr. John Corbo

  • The site area is 0.75 hectares and all is considered as suitable for development
  • The proposal is to redevelop the existing site and build a 900 sq.m. store together with additional parking
  • The owner explains that considerable new investment is required to renew the underground petrol tanks which are required in the next few years; it is stated that this investment and the larger store would benefit the town by securing existing jobs and create others and provide greater retail choices for the community
  • This submission was received on 22nd October 2012
  • Contact Mr. John Corbo 01952 727257

Proposals received following 27th October 2012:

O.     Land (west) off Sytche Lane, adjoining Meadowbrook House – Wenlock Estates

  • The site area is said to be 2.4ha and a 1 ha area is suggested for housing development
  • Development within the identified site is envisaged toward the end of the current plan period, between 2021 and 2026
  • The owner suggests there could be further phases of development forming a potential longer term area of growth for Much Wenlock
  • The suggestion would be that 25 dwellings could be developed by 2026
  • The owner points out that land nearby has consent for affordable housing units
  • This submission was received on 1st November 2012
  • Contact Mr. C M Sackett [0121 213 5500]

P.    Land fronting Stretton Road, adjoining the existing commercial complex – Shropshire Council

  • This site is a total of 1.65ha and the owner considers that 0.65ha is suitable for development
  • The proposal is that this land would be used for employment redevelopment for Class B office / industrial uses
  • The land is in temporary use as a car park and on expiry of this temporary use, the owner proposes that it will either be marketed for sale as employment site or fully serviced by Shropshire Council to facilitate employment development on the land
  • The developed area of land is in employment use and the owner proposes that any vacant floor space would be protected and marketed as a commercial property
  • Contact Mr. Liam Cowden, Senior Policy Officer [01743 252527]

Q.    Sytche Brook adjacent to The Sytche Caravan Park – Wenlock Estates

  • The site area is 1.5 ha
  • It is proposed that the area is to be used for construction of an attenuation pond on-line of the Sytche Brook in order to protect houses, businesses, and vital infrastructure within Much Wenlock by lowering the flood risk.
  • This position has been selected after detailed investigations into the surrounding area. The topography of this location lends itself to the proposed development and will help keep earth movement costs to a minimum and creating the maximum benefit for reducing the flood risk to Much Wenlock.
  • Shropshire Council Flood and Water Management Team is in consultation with the landowners in order to use the land for the purpose proposed.
  • Contact David Edwards, Flood and Water Manager, Shropshire Council [01743 253895]

R.    Shylte Brook upstream of Bridge House Stretton Road – Wenlock Estates, Mr Dower, The Grange and Mrs & Mrs Skan, Chelmarsh

  • The site area is 2ha
  • It is proposed that the area is to be used for the construction of an attenuation pond on-line of the Shylte Brook in order to protect houses, businesses, and vital infrastructure within Much Wenlock by lowering the flood risk.
  • This position has been selected after detailed investigations into the surrounding area. The topography of this location lends itself to the proposed development and will help keep earth movement costs to a minimum and creating the maximum benefit for reducing the flood risk to Much Wenlock.
  • Shropshire Council Flood and Water Management Team is in consultation with the landowners in order to use the land for the purpose proposed.
  • Contact David Edwards, Flood and Water Manager, Shropshire Council [01743 253895]

S.    Land between Station Road and Bull Ring – Wenlock Estates

  • We have received a proposal for use of land to the rear of Sheinton Street for use as a site for community facilities. The submission shows a stylised scheme but limited details. Due to the very late nature of the submission the Steering Group considers it to be not appropriate to consider for an allocation but it will inform possible policies in the Plan.
  • Contact Antony Craig, AC Craig Associates [01952 727677]

Housing providers’ Involvement

A successful meeting was held on 21st February between members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and six representatives of social housing providers in Much Wenlock. Representatives of the private sector rental market were invited, although none attended. The discussion centred on current and future provision of ‘affordable’ or ‘social housing’, and the aspirations and needs of the community in the future.

Housing Providers Meeting Notes – 21st February 2012

Meeting with Shropshire Housing & Shropshire Council – 10th December 2012

Roadshows

Roadshow events around the town and parish took place in January and February 2012

Roadshow flyer – Bourton Church

Roadshow flyer – Bowling Green Way, Much Wenlock

Roadshow flyer – Havelock Crescent, Much Wenlock

Roadshow flyer – High Causeway Community Centre, Much Wenlock

Roadshow flyer – Hodgecroft, Much Wenlock

Roadshow flyer – Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock

Roadshow flyer – Homer

Roadshow flyer – Methodist Church, Much Wenlock

Roadshow flyer – Much Wenlock Primary School

Roadshow flyer – Southfield Road, Much Wenlock

School Involvement

A exercise was carried out with the children at Much Wenlock primary school and, in late January, 95 sixth-formers at William Brookes School engaged in a discussion about what the Neighbourhood Plan meant and how they might influence its outcome.

Primary School Workshop and Survey

William Brooks School Sixth Form Student Survey Findings

Surveys

Much Wenlock residents showed their enthusiasm for the Neighbourhood Plan with over 700 responses to the Residents Survey conducted in April and May. The survey questions were influenced by the community consultation that took place in the previous six months. Some clear messages emerge from the analysis.

Most respondents wanted limited housing growth and there was very strong support for more affordable housing. There was an overwhelming majority in favour of smaller housing development sites.

The jobs and local economy responses revealed that tourism, leisure and crafts should be encouraged by the Neighbourhood Plan. Whilst many wanted to allocate more land to stimulate local employment, only a small minority wanted undeveloped greenfield sites to be used for this purpose. A significant majority of replies showed that future development should respect Much Wenlock’s character and landscape setting.

Facilities for young people, flood prevention measures and improvements to vehicle parking attracted support, and many said they want better public toilet facilities in the town. Of those who see public transport as important, most want more convenient bus services to Telford.

Much Wenlock businesses have also took part in a survey (see below) and the output from both surveys, together with other data, informed the objectives against which the Steering group and community volunteers will create an options document. This work will, in turn, be publicly available on this website in due course.

The Town Council engaged Shropshire Community Council to analyse the data from both surveys.

MWNP Residents Survey – Example

MWNP Residents Survey Explanatory Notes

MWNP Residents Survey – Version 2

MWNP Residents Survey – Literal Comments Summary – Version 3

MWNP Residents Survey – Analysis Report by Shropshire RCC

MWNP Business Survey – Example

MWNP Business Survey – Responces

WNP Business Survey – Literal Comments Summary – Version 1

Shropshire Council

Submissions from Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council suggested three initial submissions with location plans, which were received on 9th November 2012. Shropshire Council proposes to make more detailed submissions on these proposals in due course and wishes to work closely with Much Wenlock Town Council to assist them to evidence and present these land use proposals as part of the preparation and examination of their Neighbourhood Plan. The submissions are for:

  • One employment allocation with adjoining safeguarded employment premises at Stretton Road
  • Two related flood alleviation infrastructure proposals for Shylte Brook and Sytche Pond.

Contact Mr. Liam Cowden, Senior Policy Officer [01743 252527]