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6th August 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, 2020 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.

For information Worthen and Brockton have been designated as a ‘Hub’ and 55 houses could be built during the plan period.  Chirbury with Brompton, also designated as a Hub, and could see 45 houses built in the plan period.   This will impact on services and road use.  

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

Westbury has not been put forward as a HUB for development.   There will be an opportunity for all interested parties to take part in the 8 week consultation.  


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.   Page 14 lists the Hub Settlements.

15th June 2020
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.




Yesterday Shropshire Council planning policy officers met with representatives of Westbury Parish Council and myself after the points allocation for Westbury village becoming a community hub (allowing development) in the local plan review was challenged by a developer. Following this challenge Shropshire Council has accepted that within the “comfortable walking distance of the village “ there is an  business with five or more employees thus adding 5 points to the village score, resulting in Westbury qualifying  for hub status.


This was challenged by the parish council and myself, however the council insist the scoring is accurate and if not accepted could be challenged at the inspection stage.  This would be post the public consultation which is likely to be in mid July and run for 8 weeks.


During the meeting, we ran through the many points which have been raised earlier in this process in particular at the public consultation meetings, which we held at the village hall. Likewise, I highlighted many of the concerns that residents had raised with myself and with the parish council over the past week or so, once it was apparent that the hub status had been challenged.


One of the significant issues that has been raised in the sustainability is the  security of the outreach post office service in Westbury which is temporarily housed within a business premise in the village. This service has been suspended since the lock down began and there is no guidance or guarantee as to, if and or when this might resume. Having a post office service either permanently or as an out reach service carries four points. Therefore, without the post office the allocation of points for Westbury Village would drop below the hub threshold of 48 points.   Shropshire Council has asked that further investigations are carried out by both the parish council and myself as to the security and long term viability of the out reach Post Office service in Westbury.  We will feed back this information to the planners within the next 10 day where they will take a decision around amending the points allocation once again.


(please note that the point allocation as per Shropshire council website is not the allocation they are using as it includes the school and petrol station which no longer exist the website appears to be very out of date)


There are currently no applications lodged with Shropshire council for any large scale developments in Westbury however I have been made aware by a number of residents that there is movement by some developers to make applications as soon as they have the green light to do so. There is a lot of speculation as to the locations and many sites have been promoted in and around the village for development.


Going forward there are some key points to remember-


If Westbury is included in the draft local plan which goes to Shropshire Council’s cabinet to approve for public consultation all residents will have the opportunity to respond to the consultation and make their views known. It is unlikely, at this stage, I will be able to call a public meeting much like we have had in the past (unless government guidance is relaxed) in this case it will be important that residents respond in writing either on line or via the post or to me and I will pass on comments. Should we not be able to meet I will look to hold a digital meeting but I am conscious that many resident will not be able to access this and  I will be happy to discuss with anyone via telephone their views which I will feed into the consultation.


Following the end of the consultation and, if Westbury is still included in the Local plan, which goes before the planning inspectorate (independent body) the parish council and residents will be able to formally challenge the allocation of housing for Westbury (looks to be in the region of 20-25 houses as a guide) I will provide more information on this if and when we get to this stage.


Likewise, I am also aware that I have been contacted by a small number of resident who would like to see some development in the village. Again,  my advice is very much the same that if you would like your views considered it is important to feed these into the public consultation from mid July onwards.


I hope this provides a clear overview of where we are in what is a very complicated situation. There are lots of fine details which I will happily discuss over the telephone.


As ever if you have any questions or think I can be of assistance please do not hessite to contact me



Ed Potter

Shropshire Councillor for the Loton Division (Including the Parishes of Alberbury with Cardeston, Montford, Great and Little Ness and Westbury)

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education

07779117802 / 01694731305

23rd April 2020

At the time of writing, It is this parish councils understanding that the Outreach Post Office Service will not be continued in Westbury.


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