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Building land in Chirbury and Worthen Division

February 11, 2019 5:38 PM

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Shropshire Council has 3 types of settlement in their review of where to build houses in our area. These are

  1. i) 'Hubs' - Chirbury, Brockton and Worthen,
  2. ii) 'Clusters which are settlements which have opted to have some housing (usually in no more than 2's or 3's and

iii) 'Open countryside' everywhere else which will have no housing except - very possibly -affordable rented homes.

There are a long list of clusters which include locally Stockton, Marton, Rorrington and Priest Weston.

Land for building is only allocated in hubs. I organised two well attended public meetings for the hubs. The Parish Councils and myself will now be moving on to work with clusters to see if they continue to want housing built in them and if so what sort of housing. Shropshire Council has now changed the delivery of that housing to reflect the need in those communities. The Parish and I will be working with 'Right Home Right Place' (Shropshire Council's housing needs team) to find out the type of housing needed. That work will start in February/March.

It is so important that local people can stay living in the communities they live in and to find a family home they can afford to buy or rent. Until now Shropshire Councils planning policy has not allowed that. Now is the time to change that! Watch out for meetings and consultations in the coming months.

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