What's a place plan?
In Shropshire, 18 Place Plans have been produced which identify the infrastructure and investment needs within each community. They are aimed at ensuring that Shropshire Council and our partners understand the local priorities within each community and that resources can therefore be targeted appropriately.
The Place Plans are based around the 18 main market towns/key centres of Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Wem, Ellesmere, Market Drayton, Minsterley/Pontesbury, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms, Bridgnorth, Albrighton, Broseley, Highley, Much Wenlock and Shifnal) and their wider hinterland. Take a look at our map to view these areas.
The Place Plans are important to ensuring the delivery of sustainable places in Shropshire. They recognise that sustainability is based on many different factors and that what is needed to make and maintain a sustainable community in one place may differ in another. Each plan therefore details the priorities, needs and aspirations specific to a relevant location.
To date the Place Plans have been ‘live’ documents informed by an ‘annual conversation’ with the community including Town and Parish Councils, infrastructure and service providers and local businesses. This ‘annual conversation’ has enabled the plans to provide an up to date record of infrastructure and investment needs within an area. We are reviewing how best to conduct formal annual reviews of the Place Plans to make best use of resources and ensure they remain as ‘live’ documents. A formal annual review of the Place Plans with Parish and Town Councils will, therefore, not be taking place this year. However, we welcome any changes to local infrastructure requirements proposed by Parish/Town Councils for integration into the documents next year.