8 February 2019
The South Shropshire Green Party has today (7 February 2019) submitted an 8 page objection to Shropshire Council urging the deletion of greenfield sites in Church Stretton which have been identified as sites for new housing.
Shropshire Council has selected two greenfield sites in Church Stretton for new housing. They are CSTO 20 NW of Gaerstone Farm and CSTO 21 Snatchfield Farm (available here).
Neither of these sites are suitable for new housing and our objection goes into some detail on 4 reasons why the site allocation should be cancelled.
We support and agree with the Church Stretton Civic Society three principal points and these are.
Commenting on the attempts of Shropshire Council to introduce damaging and inappropriate development into an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hilary Wendt, Co-ordinator, South Shropshire Green Party said:
"We think the proposed developments are the wrong sort of housing in the wrong place!
"Instead we ask that Shropshire Council produce a costed plan to provide new homes on smaller sites within Church Stretton - rather than developments on the town's outskirts.
"We need planning fit for the future and for local needs - therefore we call on Shropshire Council to ensure that any new housing is genuinely affordable, meets the highest possible standard of energy efficiency, and built sustainability, and is within easy reach of shops, GPs, community facilities and schools .If new housing is inserted into the town then it makes it easier for people to use public transport, or walk or cycle to get around.
"So we can have the homes without doing the damage that we now know car dependent development does to our air quality, our health and our quality of life.
"We need to make sure that any new housing in Church Stretton is the right sort in the right place. We need to make sure that any new houses are built to the standards we need for our sustainable future.
"It is now up to Shropshire Council to respond to the many well-founded objections to the greenfield sites designated for new housing and to explore sites in the town itself that do exist and are more than capable of meeting local housing needs"
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