The Shape of Oswestry for the next 20 Years!
3rd September 2009
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Have your say on the new planning policy document for Oswestry:

[Source: Shropshire Council website]

"Oswestry-area residents are being invited to a consultation event to have their say on a new planning policy document that will help shape the development of the area over the next 20 years.

Shropshire Council’s ‘Core Strategy’ will, when finalised, set out a clear, long-term vision for the future pattern of development across Shropshire and will be used to guide decisions on planning applications.

As part of a major consultation around the draft strategy (see notes), council officers are holding a consultation event at the Council Chamber, Castle View, on Wednesday 9 September from 7pm to 9pm. The event will give local people the opportunity to find out more about the draft strategy and to ask questions.

This will be one of a series of similar events are being held across Shropshire during September.

For Oswestry the draft strategy puts forward a number of proposals for the sustainable and balanced development of the town – and people are being urged to have their say about these proposals, which include:

- Making the best use of previously developed land and buildings for housing and other uses within the built up area, where suitable sites exist.
- A sustainable urban extension to the south east of the town on land between Shrewsbury Road, Middleton Road and the A5/A483 bypass.
- The urban extension would create a new neighbourhood with a mix of uses including housing, employment land, open space and green infrastructure, local centre, and integration with new leisure and recreation facilities at Oswald Park.
- The urban extension would also include development of a new link road between Middleton Road and Shrewsbury Road.
- Further development of other smaller/medium scale greenfield sites to meet needs for housing and employment land, as required, whilst maintaining Oswestry’s distinctive character and quality as a border town.

These proposals have been published for consultation and no decisions have yet been made.

Councillor Martin Taylor-Smith, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for strategic planning and transportation, said: “I hope people living in and around Oswestry will come along to this event take the chance to tell us their thoughts and views about the draft strategy. The comments we receive will be used to inform the further development of the Core Strategy and will help us to decide the policies outlined in the final plan. This really is a chance for people to make their voice heard, and to play a big part in influencing the development of Oswestry and Shropshire over the next 20 years.”

Responses to the consultation will help shape the final development strategy for Shropshire over the period to 2026.

From Monday 10 August to Friday 2 October Shropshire Council are consulting on a key stage of the Core Strategy’s preparation called ‘Policy Directions’.

The ‘Policy Directions’ document sets out the preferred approach to future development priorities in Shropshire, including the overall scale and distribution of new development."


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