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TELFORD & WREKIN DISTRICT

The Telford & Wrekin District of CPRE Shropshire covers 29 parishes and is home to some 169,400 people living in 73,400 homes in the Borough. Telford & Wrekin is part of the ceremonial county of Shropshire but does not share the same principal authority.

 

Telford is still a very new town estimated to be 52 years old and was initially developed by the Telford Development Corporation as a “forest town” hence you will find thousands of trees spread across every area in the Borough. Although seen as a considerably urban town the remaining rural area of the Wrekin parliamentary constituency makes the whole borough of Telford & Wrekin some 72% rural, and in a time where there are plans for 20,200 homes to be built in the Borough between 2020 and 2040, it is important CPRE play a role in the protection of green spaces in this area.

Telford & Wrekin's consultation on their new Draft Local Plan straddled the last Christmas and New Year period and we responded to it in detail.  Their projections for the plan period of 2020 to 2040 show an increase in population of 11,200.  For that they want to build 20,200 houses!  The conclusion is that most of these houses are being provided for the unmet need of the West Midlands conurbation (although that is not overtly stated) and that there is double counting of that need because of the varying base dates used for housing need calculations around the region

The District is very active with Town & Parish Councils with 11 out of 29 signed up as members and Councillors and Clerks regularly attending district meetings and events such as the Green Clean 2018 and the Wrekin Litter Walk 2019.
 

We monitor weekly planning lists, but our main planning consideration is that we will not support major developments that are not consistent with the Local Plan. We are also embarking on two key pieces of research;

  • Taking proper care of our hedgerows

  • Enforcing a sustainable, growing and maintained Green Network
     

More details of this research will be made public in due course.

We are always looking for new members to help in the following ways:
 

  • Planning

  • Marketing

  • Events Management

  • Fundraising

  • Litter Picking

  • Surveying

We are a diverse group of like-minded people and you do not need a necessary level of skills/knowledge to help out. We have warehouse workers and company directors with ages ranging from 25 to 72 and we welcome anyone.

If you would be interested in being involved with our district, then please contact us at cpre@gregsinclair.co.uk 

Sunset in Hollinswood (c) Katrina Baker

 

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