Council seeks employment land in Shropshire

Published December 12th, 2017

Landowners and farmers in Shropshire with land or redundant farm buildings in rural areas should consider putting forward sites for employment development.

Shropshire Council is currently consulting on the preferred scale and distribution of housing and employment land in the county and while the need for housing sites is well documented, critically the Council is also looking for an additional 156 hectares (ha) of employment land across Shropshire.

“If you’ve got land or a redundant farmstead in a village or rural area we can help promote the land on your behalf,” said Amy Henson, a planning consultant with Berrys at Shrewsbury.

“This is a massive opportunity for farmers and landowners to maximise property values and we can assist them in selecting the best sites to put forward that will most likely meet the council’s requirements,” she said.

Shropshire Council’s local plan review states that Shropshire needs a robust development strategy to achieve its economic aspirations to provide employment to encourage working age people to settle in the county.

The preferred employment land requirement for Shropshire from 2016 to 2036 is for the development of around 300ha of employment development. Some of this land supply is already committed but a total of 156ha new land will be required for the county to meet its economic growth objectives.

The suggested locations for employment development are:

Shrewsbury – 50ha
Bridgnorth – 4ha
Ludlow – 4ha
Albrighton – 5ha
Broseley – 2ha
Church Stretton – 2ha
Cleobury Mortimer – 1ha
Highley – 1ha
Much Wenlock – 0.5ha
Shifnal – 14ha
Wem – 2ha
Rural Locations (everywhere else) – 71ha

“This is a substantial amount of land, particularly with 71 hectares in rural areas, so if you think you have land that might be suitable please get in touch so we can put the land forward on your behalf,” said Amy.

“Suitable sites for employment development might be on the edge of a village or conurbation with access to public transport and a good road network with links to arterial routes.

“Communication is another consideration so close proximity to high speed broadband will be an advantage.  Also, it might be beneficial if the site is adjacent to existing employment land.

“There may also be a chance to revisit a site that has previously been unsuccessful for development,” Amy added.

For further details or advice contact Amy Henson at the Shrewsbury office of Berrys on 01743 239025 or email

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More about Amy Henson

Planning Consultant
Tel: 01743 239025
Mobile: 07799 902949

Amy became a member of the Berrys planning team in November 2013, joining from a senior planning position at Shropshire Council. She completed her 4 year undergraduate Masters of Planning at the University of Liverpool and she is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Amy has worked for a number of local planning authorities across the midlands as both a senior and principal planning officer including but not limited to Birmingham City Council and Northampton.  She has over 10 years public sector planning experience and 3 years of private sector planning experience.  Amy specialises both urban and rural planning, particularly in managing complex, major residential and commercial planning applications. She has a sound working knowledge of all aspects of planning including enforcement, planning policy and development management and regularly holds planning seminar updates for the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce for property and commercial members.