Philip Dunne MP indicates 'understanding' of local feeling and that Snatchfield is a 'controversial site'. He cautions us to 'remain vigilant'
MP's message a welcome contrast to the expressed support for destroying AONB by our local County Councillors
Our local MP, Philip Dunne has replied to a request from the Save Snatchfield Group asking for an expression of his view on Snatchfield's inclusion in the Draft Local Plan. His reply is very interesting and in his final sentence somewhat enigmatic! It is certainly more than the usual 'politician's reply' and is markedly more understanding regarding both the strength of community feeling about Snatchfield and the controversial nature of the Snatchfield proposal. Here is Philip Dunne's reply:
From: Philip Dunne MP
Subject: FW: Your Views Please - Site CST021 - Local Plan Review Consultation Process (Case Ref: PD25784)
Thank you for your email earlier this month about possible sites identified in the draft Local Plan Review to be allocated for potential development in Church Stretton over the period 2016-2036. I can well understand the strength of local feeling about some of these plans.
I met the Mayor and Town Clerk of Church Stretton last week and discussed the current proposals and options for alternative sites.
In view of the strength of feeling about the proposals in a number of towns in Shropshire, including Church Stretton, Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock, at the special Shropshire Council meeting convened on 20th July specifically to consider the Local Plan Review, the Council decided to launch a fresh Regulation 18 public consultation over the next couple of months. This will allow local residents to make their views known and suggest alternatives. My sense is that Church Stretton Town Council may put forward alternative sites which they believe will address the housing need for both Affordable Housing and homes for those in need of varying degrees of care while living independently, which would substantially avoid development on some of the most controversial area.
I would encourage you to look out for the new round of consultation and respond to this with your views.
The latest available information from Shropshire Council on the Local Plan Review can be found here:
I hope this is of some assistance and reassures you that the views of local residents are being taken into account. But I would encourage you to remain vigilant.
With kind regards
Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP
Member of Parliament for Ludlow
* House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
( +(44) 20 7219 2388; Fax: +(44) 20 7219 0788