Shropshire Council

Minsterley and Pontesbury and surrounding area

Place plans were developed to include a main centre (often a market town) and its surrounding smaller towns, villages, and rural hinterland. These areas are recognised in the Local Plan as functioning geographical areas, with strong linkages to and from the main town and the wider area.

The Minsterley, Pontesbury and Surrounding Area Place Plan covers the area identified within the red outline on the map image on this page. It summarises and prioritises the local infrastructure needs which are required to support the sustainable development of the area, and identifies the wider investment needs to assist delivery of the community’s vision and aspirations. 

Data and information review

The infrastructure project list is based on information submitted to us by town and parish councils in each place plan area. This information is then tested against data held by us, and further informed by consultation with a range of infrastructure providers.

By gathering this information, we've been able to understand more clearly the needs of each place plan area and use this information to make some difficult decisions about prioritisation of projects.

Key infrastructure issues

For the Minsterley and Pontesbury and Surrounding Area Place Plan, a review of information has shown that key infrastructure issues are:

  • Improvements to local highways, particularly in Minsterley and Pontesbury where new development is taking place. This will include improvements to pedestrian access. Improvements to the A488 through the Place Plan area also need to be addressed. 
  • All development within the Place Plan area will require an assessment of utility services, especially sewage and drainage, and flood management proposals.  
  • Support for community buildings across the area to ensure they are able to continue to meet the needs of the growing local community. 

Projects

There are a number of projects that have been identified and prioritised for the Minsterley and Pontesbury area. You can find the details for projects in the place plan which is attached to this page to view or download.

This area in the countywide plan

Core Strategy

The Core Strategy recognises the role of Shropshire’s market towns and key centres through a specific policy - Policy CS3. This policy outlines how all our towns have distinctive identities, which new development is expected to reinforce, by respecting each town’s distinctive character, and by being sensitive to its landscape setting, historic features, and the towns’ functions.  

You can view the full strategy on our planning policy web pages.  

For Minsterley and Pontesbury, Policy CS3 recognises that: 

  • Minsterley and Pontesbury act as a combined Key Centre and will accommodate development to enhance their linked roles providing employment and services in the local area, whilst retaining their distinctive and separate identities. 
  • Pontesbury (population 1,500) is an attractive small settlement in the Rea Valley approximately seven miles south west of Shrewsbury. Pontesbury is not a main employment centre, and supports less than 500 jobs. Most people of working age who reside in Pontesbury commute out. 
  • Minsterley (population 1,400) lies within very close proximity to Pontesbury to its north, with Snailbeach and the Stiperstones to its south. 
  • Minsterley is a relatively important centre of employment, primarily due to the presence of two food producers in the village. 
  • There is currently no hydraulic capacity at the Minsterley Wastewater Treatment Works. The timing and delivery of infrastructure investment and improvement therefore has implications for development in this location. 

SAMDev policies

The SAMDev Plan also provides brief settlement policies for each Place Plan area.  

Minsterley and Pontesbury 

  • As joint key centres, Minsterley and Pontesbury will continue to provide facilities and services for their wider rural hinterland. To support this role, a combined development target of around 260 houses and approximately 2 hectares of employment land will be delivered during the period 2006 and 2026.  
  • New housing development will be delivered through a combination of allocated sites and windfall opportunities on existing brownfield and other infill sites. 

Minsterley 

  • The following sites are allocated for development: Hall Farm for mixed use development including approximately 0.5 ha of employment and around 17 houses; Callow Lane for 32 houses 
  • New employment opportunities will be encouraged through development or redevelopment of existing sites within the development boundary, including protected employment sites 

Pontesbury 

  • The following sites are allocated for development: land off Minsterley Road for 16 housesland at Hall Bank for a mixed-use development, including retail and around 60 houses 
  • New employment opportunities will be encouraged on existing appropriate sites within the development boundary which meet the requirements of relevant policies

Local Plan Review

We started reviewing our Local Plan in 2017 and recently consulted on the preferred sites which are needed to meet the county’s development needs during the period to 2036. The new Plan is unlikely to be adopted before 2021. The review will ensure that the Local Plan continues to be the primary consideration for decisions about development in Shropshire by maintaining robust and defensible policies that conform with national policy and address the changing circumstances within the County and beyond. 

Key points from the Local Plan Review include:

Minsterley 

  • Over the period to 2036, around an additional 42 houses will be provided to supplement the existing committed sites. 
  • In considering suitable, promoted land and thus available options for further housing it is considered land at the entrance of the village to the east, adjoining existing recent development, could deliver additional housing to meet needs 
  • Flood constraints and surface water management would need to be taken into account in the design of any development 
  • Additional homes may be delivered through windfall sites or cross subsidy/exception schemes on sites which are not currently promoted. 

Pontesbury 

  • Over the period to 2036, an additional 62 houses will be provided to supplement the existing committed sites. This will provide an opportunity to deliver a range of accommodation types to help meet local housing needs 
  • In considering suitable, promoted land and thus available options for further housing it is considered land at the western end of the village off the A488, could deliver the required additional housing to meet needs. 
  • The preferred allocations are therefore expected to deliver between 40 dwellings, together with an allowance of around 23 homes to be delivered through windfall sites or exception schemes. 

More about Minsterley and Pontesbury

Pontesbury is a large village with a population of around 3,200 people whilst, to the south west of Pontesbury, has a population of around 1,800. The two villages are linked by the A488 road which continues south to Bishop’s Castle and north to Shrewsbury. The Rea Brook also flows close to both settlements, both of whom sit on the north edge of the ShropshireHills AONB.

Of the two settlements, Pontesbury has the most services including the Mary Webb Secondary School, a Sports Centre, a medical practice, primary school, post office, police station, library, and nursery. There are also independent shops selling a range of goods. 

Minsterley also has a primary school, fire station, garage / supermarket, vet, and fish and chip shop. Its Parish Hall is one of the largest in Shropshire and hosts the annual Minsterley Eisteddfod. The village is also home to two large employers: a Muller dairy, and Rea Valley Foods which produces canned meats.

List of parishes and local elected members

This Place Plan covers the following Town and Parish Councils: 

  • Minsterley Parish Council 
  • Pontesbury Parish Council 

The following Elected Members of Shropshire Council represent constituencies within this Place Plan area:

  • Councillor Nick Hignett (Rea Valley Ward) 
  • Councillor Roger Evans (Longden Ward) 

You can view each councillor's profile on the 'Your Councillor' section of our Committee Services web pages.

Other local plans

When developing the Place Plans for an area, we also look at any other local plans and strategies that focus on infrastructure needs within this particular area. 

For Minsterley, Pontesbury and the surrounding area, the relevant plans include: