DRAFT SHROPSHIRE LOCAL PLAN
The final and sixth consultation on Shropshire Council's Draft Local Plan closed on 26th February 2021. Our submission majored on the fact that there is no sense within it of the "emergency" bit of the climate emergency they declared in 2019; you'll get the gist from pages 12 to 14. It included much material from Shropshire Climate Action Partnership and their Zero Carbon Shropshire Plan, which everyone should read and act on. Pdf and Word versions of our submission are linked on the right - the Word version is easier to navigate around.
The Local Plan will determine the scale of building in Shropshire up to 2038 and how green that is going to be.
Shropshire Council submitted the Draft Plan for Public Examination on 3 September 2021 (they took no notice of what we and many other people said). Two Inspectors have been appointed to examine it. They gave Shropshire Council some extra "homework" to do, which was eventually submitted in mid-February 2022. The Inspectors are now reading this extra 900 pages of documentation and there should then be a further period of consultation before the timetable for the public hearing sessions is announced.
We have argued throughout the 4-year process so far that:
The Draft Plan's targets are too high
Its plans for growth are not sustainable, particularly in view of the declared climate emergency
The process is undemocratic
It still won’t get enough affordable housing built
The Plan is not now expected to be adopted until well into 2022.
Economic Growth Strategy
The Council has a stated ‘growth culture’ and wants to ‘achieve maximum economic productivity’. There was no reference to sustainability in the consultation documents. We have serious misgivings about this ‘growth, growth, growth’ culture, which is so obviously unsustainable in the long term. There must be more emphasis on addressing the effects of climate change too. Shropshire Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency in May 2019 will not in practice do this: they still think they can carry on with growth as usual.
Shropshire Council's Final Economic Growth Strategy (July 2017) is here.
The Council wants Shropshire to be “the best place to do business and invest” and wants a “step-change” to “maximise our economic potential and increase productivity” and to make its economy bigger and better. Is that really a realistic, or even sensible, ambition for a beautiful rural county that is currently 33rd out of 41 English Counties on economic performance?
Updated March 2022