>Roger Parry & Partners believe Shropshire Council’s plans to build 28,750 new homes before 2036 will result in development opportunities for the county’s rural areas.
>The housing development plans are part of Shropshire Council’s local plan review. Last week the Cabinet Committee approved the consultation document which will seek views on the preferred scale and distribution of development in Shropshire. This will include housing and employment growth in strategic centres and each principal/key centre. The consultation period starts tomorrow, 27 October 2017 and closes on Friday, 22 December 2017.
>Paul Middleton, partner with Roger Parry & Partners said, “A housing figure of 28,750 across the county is quite a challenge to fulfil, that equates to a delivery rate of around 1,430 dwellings a year. It therefore follows that there will need to be development in the rural areas to assist in meeting these targets, and this places great emphasis on the emerging Hierarchy of Settlements policy.”
>The Hierarchy of Settlements document puts forward rural settlements that have gone through a screening process for size, population, service provision, internet links, transport links, employment opportunities etc.
>Paul continued, “If adopted (2019/2020) the Hierarchy of Settlements could provide opportunities for development that presently are not achievable, which is very positive indeed for rural landowners. We will of course be liaising closely with the Council during the course of the consultation to ensure that our planning team are best placed to advise clients on the development opportunities, that will undoubtedly come to fruition in the future.”
>If you are interested in finding out how these plans might affect you please contact Paul Middleton in Roger Parry & Partners’ Minsterley office. Telephone: 01743 791336.