Regulation 19 Consultation
18 December - 5th February
The final Local Plan Review public consultation exercise (Regulation 19) opened today and will run until 5 February 2021. At the Regulation 19 consultation stage, respondents are asked to consider whether the draft Local Plan is legally compliant, sound and demonstrates the duty to co-operate with neighbouring local authorities. The link below takes you to Shropshire Council’s website, where the process is explained.
Although the proposed development at Snatchfield Farm has now been withdrawn from the draft, Save Snatchfield feel that we need to continue to push Shropshire Council to fully recognise that our AONB is a special place and that their statutory duty to “have regard to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty of the AONB” should be taken more seriously than it has in the past.
In the longer term, we want to pursue a separate Development Plan Document (DPD) for the Shropshire Hills AONB. However, in the short term, we feel we need to ensure that Policy DP24 (Shropshire Council’s draft Policy regarding development in the Shropshire Hills AONB) protects our AONB from future inappropriate development as fully as possible.
As such, we have drafted a suggested Regulation 19 submission regarding DP24. We would intend to make this a ‘group’ submission and submit on behalf of Save Snatchfield, so please have a look and feed back to us as appropriate. Subject to a suitable quote, we will engage Green Planning’s barrister to review and amend our draft submission. You can access our draft via the link below.
Obviously, you are more than welcome to make an individual Regulation 19 submission but our sense is that most people will be somewhat ‘fatigued’ by consultations by now !
We are also in the process of sharing our suggested draft submission with other groups - Strettons Civic Society, Church Stretton Town Council, our two County Councilors, AONB Partnership, National Trust, Shropshire CPRE, All Stretton Village Society, Clive Avenue Residents Association and others. Different groups may have different views but should there be sufficient common ground we would welcome the opportunity to join a community-wide submission, covering as many groups as possible.
The Save Snatchfield Team