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SAMDev Local Plan- Examination Hearing Update

Published: 24th November, 2014

Last Wednesday, Church Stretton Town Council together with their Unitary Councillor colleagues and members of the Church Stretton Civic Society, all made verbal submissions to the Planning Inspector currently undertaking the Examination Hearing of the SamDev Local Plan for Shropshire.  The focus of the Town Council submission was to outline reasons for objecting to the inclusion of land to the East of the A49 in the Final Plan as ‘unsound’.  It has always been the Town Council’s position that the required housing numbers can be achieved through the Leasowes and Academy developments, with additional units provided from windfall sites if required.  It is our contention that is therefore unnecessary to identify further specified sites within the context of the Plan.

The Inspector’s task is to consider whether the Plan is legally compliant and sound, based on the soundness criteria set out in the National Planning Policy Framework. Following the close of the hearing sessions the Inspector will prepare a report for Shropshire Council with her conclusions and any modifications (changes) recommended to the Plan.  Shropshire Council will have to use these recommended modifications if it wishes to adopt the Plan.  Her report is not expected until early in the New Year.