Winners and losers in Shropshire’s Local Plan Review

Published October 31st, 2017

Big changes are coming for development across the county according to planning consultants at Berrys.  Proposals published by Shropshire Council as part of its Review of its Local Plan show some towns and villages will get more development in the next 20-year period than previously, while others will get less.

Shrewsbury is set to have its housing guideline figure increase from 6,500 new homes over 20 years to 8,625 new homes over 20 years.  Other places seeing an increase include Ludlow, up from 875 homes to 1,000 homes, and Whitchurch, which sees an increase from 1,200 homes to 1,600 homes.  Wem’s figures are set to increase from 500 to 600 homes.

The east of the county will see more growth, with a doubling of the housing guideline figure in Albrighton from 250 to 500 homes, while Shifnal’s figures increase from 1,250 to 1,500 homes.  Broseley, Bridgnorth and Highley all see smaller increases in their figures.

Some towns see a significant decrease in planned growth.  Oswestry has the biggest reduction, decreasing from 2,600 to 1,800 homes over the 20-year plan.  Church Stretton reduces from 370 to 250 homes while Cleobury Mortimer reduces from 350 to 200 homes.

“We welcome the re-introduction of larger villages back into the Plan,” said Helen Howie, a planning consultant at the Shrewsbury office of Berrys.

“Hadnall, Ford, Westbury, Cressage, Alverley, Clive, Morda, Trefonen and West Felton are back in as villages in which development would be appropriate.”

The new Local Plan will cover the 20 years 2016-2036, replacing the current SAMDev Plan that covered the two-year period 2006-2026.

Market demand for housing remains high in Shropshire: “We have not been building enough houses for decades and so prices have risen with the average cost of housing in Shropshire now 7.67 times average wages,” Mrs Howie said.

“It is essential that we now build enough to enable future generations to have the same chance of having a home as their parents.”

These changes are out for consultation until December 22.

“We look forward to seeing the Final Plan in 2018,” she added.

If you are interested in knowing more about the opportunities presented by the Local Plan, please contact Helen Howie at Berrys on 01743 239028 or email

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More about Helen Howie

Planning Consultant
Tel: 01743 239028
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Helen is a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute with qualifications from Aberdeen and Liverpool Universities, where she was the winner of the Abercrombie Prize.

Helen has a solid 16 years’ experience from both private and public sectors, with particular expertise in Local and Neighbourhood Plans, housing and larger scale developments. She has given talks at a number of RTPI events and for the Government’s Planning Advisory Service, and is known for her proactive and dedicated approach.