Neighbourhood Plan For Much Wenlock
A Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock
In February 2011 Much Wenlock Town Council agreed to work with Shropshire Council to become a vanguard location for a neighbourhood plan. On 7th April 2011 the first seventeen communities to test neighbourhood planning, a key feature of the Localism Bill, were named by Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark. Much Wenlock was one of these seventeen and was the first in Shropshire.
In June 2011 the Town Council issued an appeal for volunteers with diverse skills, such as project management, data management and market research. It also particularly welcomed contributions, not just from people in the town, but also from the other smaller settlements, such as Homer and Bourton.
The Town Council formed a steering group to drive the Plan to its conclusion, which is likely to be towards the end of 2013.
In November 2011, the Neighbourhood Plan project was launched. Extensive media coverage ensured a packed meeting at the Town’s Priory Hall where a presentation, and an opportunity to discuss themes, ensured a lively and informed debate. A launch booklet proved popular amongst attendees. This was followed by a drop-in session at the same venue later that week. This also proved popular, with lots of new faces in evidence. You can see a video covering highlights of the two events in our video gallery, read the comments made, and see photos of the events.
Much Wenlock’s Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to Shropshire Council, following its approval by the Town Council on 25th April 2013. Shropshire Council’s Cabinet resolved on 29th May 2013; that the appointment of Andrew Ashcroft, Assistant Director at Herefordshire Council as the independent Plan Examiner be noted, that confirmation be given in a Decision Statement that Cabinet was satisfied the Much Wenlock Neighbourhood Development Plan met the requirements of the Act and Regulations, that the Plan be submitted for examination together with the supporting documents and representations received on the Plan at the end of the period for publicity, that is after the 26th June 2013, that arrangements be made for the Examination, which unless indicated otherwise by the Examiner, would be by way of written representations, and that a further report be submitted for Cabinet consideration upon receipt of the Examiner’s report.
Andrew Ashcroft’s examination of the Plan took place between the 1st and 15th July 2013.
The Neighbourhood Plan for Much Wenlock has now been examined by the Independent Examiner who, in accordance with Schedule 12 of the Localism Act 2012, and Sch. 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, has concluded that a Hearing is necessary.
The Hearing has been called in order to examine how housing growth will be delivered in the Plan area, and will give the Examiner an opportunity to assess the extent to which the Plan meets basic conditions.
The meeting is open to the public although there will be no public participation.
The meeting is divided into sessions;
Session 1 will look at general housing policies
Session 2 explores monitoring and delivery
Session 3 will focus on sustainable development
Session 4 deals with sustainable development and proposed housing
As well as the Town Council attendees at the meeting will include representatives from Wenlock Estates, Persimmon Homes, and Shropshire Council.
The meeting will be held at the Priory Hall on Thursday 17th October 2013. The public part of the meeting is between 10.30am and 15.30pm with a break for lunch between 12.30pm and 13.30pm.
Please see below for the submission documents for the Plan and also the Hearing.
Minutes and agendas for Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Working Group meetings can be found here