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SAMDev discussed at Shropshire Council Cabinet

Published: 21st February, 2014

Members of Church Stretton Town Council (Cllrs Michael Braid (Mayor), Hilary Claytonsmith, Richard Hubbard and Bob Welch) were at Shirehall on Wednesday 19th February, when the Cabinet discussed the SAMDev proposals for the county. Also present were representatives of the Chamber of Trade (Alan Hyatt) and the AONB Partnership (George Chancellor). The All Stretton Village Society was also represented by Richard Hubbard.

Cllr Braid explained to Cabinet the concerns of Church Stretton residents about aspects of Shropshire Council’s proposals. A statement from Cllr Lee Chapman supporting the Town Council’s position was read out. Cllr David Evans also spoke in support of the Town Council’s proposals. George Chancellor explained the concerns of the AONB Partnership and supported the Town Council’s alternative proposals.

Those present were greatly encouraged that the Cabinet of the Council then decided to recommend that the alternative housing and employment land sites, identified by the Town Council, should constitute the final SAMDev forward development plan for the area. If this decision is confirmed by the full Council on February 27th, it will mean that the site for a housing and industrial estate at New House Farm at the foot of Caer Caradoc will simply become a reserve site until the preferred sites are confirmed as deliverable.

Cllr Michael Braid commented: “I sincerely hope that the Cabinet’s decision will be endorsed by full Council, underlining the fact that Shropshire Council and the Town Council are now united in how we reconcile forward planning and the conservation of our surrounding iconic AONB landscape. In this endeavour, we are glad to have had the support of both of our local unitary councillors, our MP and our Euro MP. We all recognise that, if ever a developer is allowed enhanced access to the East of the A49 in this Stretton valley, it would destroy the landscape of the AONB and the National Heritage Site of Caer Caradoc. The Town Council and, indeed, the whole community will remain vigilant to oppose any such development in the future.”