In February 2011 the Town Council agreed to work with Shropshire Council and submit a bid to become a ‘front runner’ to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock.

On 2 April 2011 the DCLG announced which councils would have an opportunity for their local community to have a greater control over planning in their locality.   Much Wenlock was one of seventeen councils chosen to become a front runner.

In May 2011 a Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, established by the Town Council, met with Shropshire Council to discuss how the Neighbourhood Plan could be developed.

In June 2011 the Town Council agreed terms of Reference for the Working Group:

“The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group will drive forward the development of the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock and will work with Shropshire Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), as the other governmental bodies, to help ensure that the whole community has real opportunities to engage in the creation of the Plan.” 

In July 2011 the Town Council approved the establishment of a Neighbourhood Plan Committee to oversee the developmentof the Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock.

The Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan sets out the community’s aspirations for the town and parish. It is a statutory document, which is used to guide and shape development and help determine planning applications. The final version of the Plan can be found here:

Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Plan 2013:26 – Adoption Version

The Town Council and Shropshire Council have established a Monitoring Panel, including community representatives, to review the use and success of the Neighbourhood Plan. The members of the Panel are;

Councillor Mike Grace, Councillor Yvonne Holyoak, Lesley Durbin, Howard Horsley, Shropshire Councillor David Turner and officers from Shropshire Council.

The Panel meets quarterly and reviews progress on the delivery of the Plan’s proposals and the impact of development.


Affordable Housing

One of the key proposals set out in the Neighbourhood Plan is the ambition to provide more affordable housing for local people by working with registered social housing providers.

A Project Board has been established, which is made up of representatives of the Shropshire Housing Group/Marches CLT Services Community Led Housing, the Town Council, Shropshire Council and community representatives.

The Board’s terms of reference can be found here:

http://www.shropshirehousinggroup.co.uk/muchwenlockcommunity

Project Board Members:

  • Councillor Mike Grace
  • Councillor Robin Bennett
  • Councillor Yvonne Holyoak
  • Kevin Jarman
  • Lesley Durbin
  • Gill Wright
  • Ray Bacon
  • Kevin Jarman
  • David Turner
  • Nick Wood
  • Maria Howell

Please see link below for the minutes from the last Community Led Project Board Group Meeting Minutes

Much Wenlock Community Led Project Board Group Meeting Minutes – Tuesday 12th January 2016

Much Wenlock Community Led Project Board Group Meeting Minutes – Tuesday 12th April 2016

Consultation comments Nov 2015, Feb, May 2016


How else are we helping to deliver the community’s aspirations?

A public consultation event was held on the 28th November 2015 to gain community views on some of our emerging proposals on affordable housing.

Here is the material, which was presented on the day:

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Here is the Feedback we received following this consultation:

Community Feedback Summary

The second public consultation took place on Wednesday 3rd February 2016 in the Priory Hall, Bullring, Much Wenlock between 3.00pm and 7.00pm.

Here is the Feedback we received following this consultation:

Community Feedback Summary

The Town Council and Marches Community Land Trust Services held a third public consultation event on Wednesday 4th May 2016, between 3pm and 7pm, at the Priory Hall, Bullring, Much Wenlock.

Here is the Feedback we received following this consultation:

Community Feedback

If you were unable to attend any of these events and wish to share your thoughts and ideas on the proposed new build homes at Callaughton Lane, scheduled for 2017, please contact:

  • Shropshire Housing Group/Marches CLT Services Community Led Housing

Telephone number: 0300 303 1190

  • Town Mayor Councillor Yvonne Holyoak – Email address power535@btinternet.com
  • Councillor Mike Grace – Email address mikegrace57@btinternet.com

We look forward to hearing from you.