Suggested Objection 1
Allocation of Housing Numbers to Shropshire Communities
Housing numbers for Church Stretton must be based on the objectively assessed housing need of the local community, not on an arbitrary ‘top down’ allocation process. There is no objective evidence that 200 new homes are needed in Church Stretton. To see more on this objection click here
Your personal story might include
Increased flooding risk to your own home or homes that you know are at risk.
Increased flooding impacting your use of the roads
Observations/experience on level of car and delivery vehicle usage to visit school, GP, shops etc using local road network
Objections made under this theme should clearly state: 'not consistent with Shropshire Council's Sustainability Assessment Policy'
Suggested Objection 2
The Site Assessment Process
Snatchfield is a demonstrably unsustainable site, as scored by Shropshire Council’s own Sustainability Assessment. To see more on this objection click here
Suggested Objection 3
Deliberately Disregarding Smaller Sites
The smaller (some ‘brownfield’) sites which were deliberately screened out in the assessment process would be less damaging to our AONB and more likely to meet the housing aspirations of of Church Stretton’s current residents than Snatchfield. To see more on this objection click here
Suggested Objection 5
Shropshire Council Local Plan Policies (Biodiversity and Landscape)
Snatchfield is not a suitable site to achieve Shropshire Council Policy DP13 (net biodiversity gain) or Policy DP18 (safeguard or enhancement of landscape character and visual amenity).To see more on this objection
Suggested Objection 6
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) - Sustainable Transport
In relation to both strategic transport and site specific transport issues, Shropshire Council cannot demonstrate that Snatchfield is a suitable site to promote sustainable transport, as outlined by Paragraphs 102, 103 and 108 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). To see more on this objection click here
Suggested Objection 7
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) - Major Development and Conserving and Enhancing the Natural Environment
Major development in an AONB is demonstrably more damaging than smaller, carefully managed developments, designed to meet objectively assessed local needs. By actively promoting a major development (Snatchfield), instead of more viable, less damaging, alternatives Shropshire Council is ignoring the clear intent of the National Planning Policy Framework. To see more on this objection click here
Suggested Objection 8
Shropshire Council’s Exceptional Circumstances Statement
Shropshire Council has not met the major development tests of ‘exceptional circumstances’ and ‘public interest’ in respect of Snatchfield. The Exceptional Circumstances Statement contains no evidence of objectively assessed local housing need, no data to prove the economic impact of developing (or not developing) the Snatchfield site and no detailed site review has yet been undertaken to confirm environmental impacts. In addition, Church Stretton’s need for affordable housing could be met through development at alternative, smaller or less environmentally damaging sites. To see more on this objection click here
Suggested Objection 9
Snatchfield: Site Specific Detail (a ‘Car Dependant’ Site)
Snatchfield is a demonstrably ‘car dependant’ site. Vehicle journeys from unsustainable ‘car dependant’ sites like Snatchfield will significantly increase Shropshire’s greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the only vehicular access route to the proposed entrance to the site (via the Clive Avenue Conflict Area) is already unsafe, particularly for pedestrians. Hundreds of additional car movements per day will push safety issues at the Clive Avenue Conflict Area to beyond breaking point. To see more on this objection click here
Suggested Objection 10
Snatchfield: Site Specific Detail (Flooding and Drainage Issues)
The only vehicular access route to the Snatchfield site, passes through Flood Zone 3 (the highest Flood Zone rating) and access for emergency vehicles cannot be guaranteed.
Snatchfield is prone to flooding. The Snatchfield Brook bisects the site and water runoff exacerbates issues.
The site lies within a catchment identified as high risk of cumulative impact of development (Shropshire Council’s own assessment).
Suggested Objection 11
An Alternative Model for Protecting the AONB and Meeting Local Housing Needs Already Exists
A ‘one size fits all’ Local Plan cannot address the diverse needs of communities and landscapes in Shropshire. Policies that may be applicable to Shrewsbury or Oswestry do not address issues in The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty. There is an alternative approach, one that has been successful in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB – a separate Development Plan Document (DPD), specifically for the AONB. Such an approach for the Shropshire Hills AONB would work well. To see more on this objection click here