The Planning System


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Planning control is the process of managing the development of land and buildings. The purposes of this process are to save what is best of our heritage and improve the infrastructure upon which we depend for a civilised existence.
Shropshire Council (the ‘planning authority’) is responsible for deciding whether a development – anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre – should go ahead.
The Parish Council is a statutory consultee however on planning applications and is normally given 21 days to comment.
When reviewing applications the Parish Council considers planning issues. These can include:

  • Consistency with the development plan for the area
  • Traffic and highway safety issues
  • Overlooking, loss of privacy and loss of light
  • Scale of the development
  • Design, appearance, layout and material
  • Loss of important open space of physical features
  • Noise, disturbance or smells
  • Local knowledge of drainage or other possible problems with the surface
  • Impact on the surroundings

Issues that are not relevant include:

  • Effect on the value of property
  • Loss of view over other peoples land
  • Possible future development not included in the application
  • Private property rights such as boundary or Access disputes
  • Matters covered by other laws
  • The morals or motives of the developer

The Parish Council has approved the following Policy and Procedures when considering Planning Applications.

Future Development in the Parish Statement October 2022
Planning Application Procedures October 2022
Pre-Application Discussions Policy

Housing Needs Survey 2017

In February 2017 the Parish Council carried out a Housing Needs Survey to help inform the Council’s input to Shropshire Council’s Review of the Local Plan (Planning Policies). 

The Survey and responses can be found below.


Further information on Planning

Further information including copies of Shropshire’s Council’s Planning Policies can be found by clicking on the button below:
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You can also view and track planning and building control applications through the Public Access, Shropshire Council’s on-line planning register.  You can access the register by clicking on the button below:
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