Worthen with Shelve Parish Council


27th July 2020



The purpose of the Shropshire Local Plan is to determine the course of housing development across the county until 2038, to determine the actual and potential needs of the population, requirements for infrastructure improvements, to support economic and sustainable growth throughout Shropshire. Four stages of public consultation have already been undertaken over the last few years, as part of the ‘Regulation 18’ stage of preparation, and Shropshire Council’s Cabinet has now approved a Pre-Submission version of the Local Plan for a period of public consultation, in order to seek representations on the soundness of the plan. This will take place over a period of eight weeks, commencing August 3rd, and all are encouraged to make their feelings known. Many of you have already participated in public consultation on the Local Plan over the last couple of years, but this is the first time that the Local Plan has been published in its entirety, and it is available for your scrutiny below.   It is over 500 pages long.  Start at page 159 with particular interest in pages 161 and  176



Worthen and Brockton have been designated as a ‘Hub’ based on a points-based survey undertaken in the ‘Hierarchy of Settlements’ exercise undertaken by Shropshire Council. Sites WBR007 and WBR008 have been included, to deliver twenty-five houses. Site WBR010 has also been added, to provide twenty houses, with the goal of adding an additional ten houses through windfall development within the planned boundaries of the hub. It should be noted that this does not include developments that have already received planning consent, or those that may be granted before the implementation of the Local Plan.

A Map can be found below:




At present, the area of the Hub has approximately 150 dwellings; this will therefore increase the size of the settlement by more than a third. Naturally, this will have a major impact on the nature of our community, and the Parish Council believes that it is vitally important that everyone should have the change to make a representation to Shropshire Council if they wish. Our local member, Heather Kidd, will be holding a remote meeting (We will insert details and links when known) and distributing leaflets with more information.


Once this final stage of consultation has been undertaken, it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be submitted to the Government for examination in January 2021, and it is thought that this phase of the process will require at least twelve months; it is therefore realistic to expect that the Local Plan, subject to a successful examination process, will come into force at some time in the first half of 2022. This is the final opportunity for communities to submit their comments on the soundness of the Local Plan, and we urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity, through the link below.


Link to the Public Consultation


10th July 2020

Shropshire Council's Local Plan Review

Worthen and Brockton Community Hub Settlement Residential Guideline Around 55 dwellings

Land at Bank Farm, Worthen (WBR007 & WBR008) 25 Dwellings

Site design and layout should complement the villages character and setting. Mature trees and hedgerows on the site should be retained.

A Transport Assessment should be carried out to determine appropriate measures for improving safe pedestrian and cycle access to local services and 25 dwellings Page 176 Shropshire Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan Page 164 Site Allocation Development Guidelines Provision amenities.

As part of this, an attractive pedestrian route should be provided through the site and the Public Right of Way across the site retained. Vehicular access will be provided from an appropriate location onto the B4386 and appropriate traffic calming measure introduced, including extension of the 30mph speed limit.

 Bank Farm farmstead and other historic farm buildings should be retained and sensitively converted. A Heritage Assessment should be undertaken, and any appropriate mitigation measures implemented. Any contaminated land on the site should be remediated and buffers provided to adjacent slurry lagoons. The site will incorporate appropriate sustainable drainage, informed by a sustainable drainage strategy. Any residual surface water flood risk will be managed by excluding development from the affected areas of the site, which will form part of the Green Infrastructure network. Flood and water management measures must not displace water elsewhere.

Land South of the B4386, Worthen (WBR010) 20 Dwellings

 An appropriate access will be provided and any necessary traffic calming measures implemented. The site will provide a substantial pedestrian footway along its road frontage and an appropriate crossing of the B4386 linking this footway to that to the north of the road.

Mature trees, hedgerows and priority habitats will be retained and appropriately buffered. Strong and significant natural site boundaries will be provided to the east, west and south.

This will include sustainable planting of large trees to integrate the site into the landscape. Landscape buffers will be provided between the site and existing development.


Shropshire Council’s Cabinet will next month (20 July 2020) be asked to approve the latest – ‘pre-submission’ – version of the council’s new local plan, and agree that it goes out to consultation this summer.

The council is undertaking a partial review of the local plan for the period 2016 to 2038.

The plan will support a range of key policies and opportunities for Shropshire including climate change, housing and economic growth.

This latest version of the plan was originally scheduled to be considered by Cabinet at its meeting on 6 July. However, it was felt that the importance of, and interest in, this issue meant that a meeting dedicated to this one item would be more appropriate.

In addition, the additional two weeks will enable the council to agree and confirm arrangements for the consultation – something that is needed as COVID-19 restrictions have meant that it has not yet been possible to agree use of all the public buildings it is hoped to use.

The planned consultation won’t be delayed and is set to begin at the end of July as planned.

The pre-submission version of the local plan is the culmination of four previous stages of consultation: issues and options (2017); preferred scale and distribution of growth (2017); preferred site options (2018/19); and strategic sites (2019).

If approved by Cabinet the pre-submission version of the plan will be subject to consultation over the summer for eight weeks, and will then be submitted to Government for examination in January 2021, subject to Full Council approval later this year.

Further information

Key dates
• Cabinet – 20 July 2020
• Consultation for at least eight weeks: July – September 2020
• Opportunity for Council to make minor changes to plan: September – December 2020
• Full Council decision to submit the Plan to Government for Examination: December 2020
• Submission and examination: January to December 2021
• Adoption: early 2022

Please go to the attached link 


 Click on The report and the plan will  be published here and start at page 159 with particular interest in pages 161 and  176

A map can be found on the attached link


7th July 2020


The public highway consists of any verge, pavement, road, bridleway or public footpath whether or not maintained at public expense and over which the public has a right of way. 

Where an overhanging hedge interferes with safe use of a public  highway, it is the owner's responsibility to cut it back. 

Under the Highways Act, roadside hedges are the responsibility of the landowner who has to:

  • prevent the hedge from overhanging the highway
  • prevent hedges from obscuring street lights and road signs
  • clear the road of debris after hedges have been cut
  • meet the obligations of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 ensuring that nesting birds, bats and dormice are protected.

It is recommend trimming hedges in January and February to ensure that nuts and berries are available for birds and other wildlife. Trimming should not take place during the main bird breeding season of March to July unless it is unavoidable for the safe use of a public highway.


24th June 2020

Please find enclosed details of a temporary road closure:

Road Closure:  Hope Park Farm Junction To A488 Gravels, Minsterley

Start Date: 7th September 2020

End Date: 7th September 2020

Purpose: Road Closure: BT - Pole Replacements

Works Promoter:   BT

Works Promoter Ref: BC410TM00000500298461103

Enforcement pattern for Hope Park Farm Junction To A488 Gravels, Minsterley:
09:30 - 15:30


You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:  https://one.network/?tm=117635240

Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on streetworks@shropshire.gov.uk.

15th June 2020

The Hub Status of Worthen & Brockton.

This Parish Council has been made aware that the Local Plan Review item (consideration of the Pre-Submission Draft of the Plan) which had been scheduled to be considered by Shropshire Councils Cabinet on  6th July 2020 is to be moved to a new Cabinet date on 20th July 2020.   
Papers for the new Cabinet on 20th July, including the Local Plan document, will be published on Shropshire Council’s website on Friday 10th July in line with Council protocol.       This  delay does not impact on the timeframe for the proposed consultation, which continues to be planned to begin in late July and run for 8 weeks as previously planned.