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    Green Belt and the Shifnal Settlement Boundary

    POLICY SL1 GREEN BELT

    Permit development within the settlement boundary in accordance with local plan and the neighbourhood plan but not within the undeveloped safeguarded land.

    Protect existing Green Belt around the town.

    COMMENT


    Housing

    POLICY HG1 RESIDENTIAL INFILL DEVELOPMENT

    Permit residential development on infill sites within settlement boundary subject to character, neighbourhood amenity and traffic implications

    COMMENT


    Transport and Movement

    POLICY TM1 HIGHWAYS IMPROVEMENTS

    Strongly support proposals to improve the flow of traffic and pedestrian safety at key junctions. New developments that result in traffic generation need to demonstrate they do not have a severe impact on traffic flow and pedestrian safety. The Neighbourhood plan will support Shifnal Transport and Movement Strategy subject to positive community engagement.

    COMMENT

    POLICY TM2 CAR PARKING IN SHIFNAL TOWN CENTRE

    A presumption against the loss of publicly accessible car parking in Shifnal Town Centre. Any proposals that would result in the loss of existing publicly available car parking spaces must provide at least an equivalent number of spaces in an equivalent location that serves the town centre.

    COMMENT

    POLICY TM3 PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AND PRIMARY WALKWAY ROUTES

    Ensure that residents can walk safely to public transport facilities, schools and other important facilities. New developments must provide safe pedestrian access to link up with existing footways. Establish a series of Primary Walkways Routes.

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    POLICY TM4 CYCLE ROUTES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    Proposals to extend National Cycle Network Route 81 into Shifnal Town Centre will be supported. The provision of cycle parking in Shifnal Town Centre will be supported.

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    POLICY TM5 BUS SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE

    Proposals to improve and extend existing commercial and community-operated bus services will be supported especially to serve new development sites. These should improve linkages with key areas and services, including the medical centre, the town centre and the railway station.

    Proposals to provide new bus shelters and service information along existing bus routes will be supported.

    COMMENT

    POLICY TM6 IMPROVEMENTS TO SHIFNAL RAILWAY STATION

    The provision of additional cycle and car parking to directly serve Shifnal Railway Station will be strongly supported.

    As part of any improvements to Shifnal Railway Station, the provision of improved disabled access will be strongly supported.

    COMMENT


    Character and Conservation

    POLICY CH1 DERELICT/ EMPTY BUILDINGS AND VACANT SITES

    Proposals for re-use or re-development of derelict or empty buildings and vacant sites in the settlement boundary of Shifnal Town will be supported subject to the character of the conservation area not being harmed nor there being an unacceptable impact on the amenity of neighbours.

    COMMENT


    Health, Education and Leisure

    POLICY HL1 NEW MEDICAL FACILITY, LAND AT CORNER OF HAUGHTON ROAD/NEWPORT ROAD

    Land at Haughton Road is allocated for the provision of a medical centre.

    COMMENT

    POLICY ED1 NEW EDUCATION PROVISION

    The provision within the Shifnal Town settlement boundary of new buildings or conversion of existing buildings to serve as education facilities, particularly for adult education, will be supported.

    COMMENT

    POLICY LE1 EXISTING LEISURE USES

    Proposals that would result in the loss of leisure facilities will only be permitted if alternative and equivalent leisure facilities are provided.

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    POLICY LE2 PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL LEISURE USES

    Proposals to provide new leisure facilities to serve the community of Shifnal town will be strongly supported. These proposals must be of a scale commensurate with the site and its surroundings, particularly in terms of the built form, traffic generation and parking.

    COMMENT

    POLICY LE3 SHIFNAL TOWN PARK

    Land beyond the new Thomas Beddoes housing development and sited either side of the railway line (linked through the railway tunnel) is allocated for the provision of a town park.

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    Environment

    POLICY EN1 PROTECTION AND MAINTENANCE OF LOCAL GREEN SPACES

    The following areas are designated as Local Green Spaces:

    • Wheatfield Drive recreation area
    • Jubilee Park
    • Curriers Lane play area
    • Cricket ground, Priorslee Road, and football fields, Coppice Green Lane

    COMMENT

    POLICY EN2 LOSS OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACE

    Proposals that would result in the loss of public open space will not be permitted unless alternative and equivalent public open space is provided.

    COMMENT

    POLICY EN3 MINIMISING THE IMPACT OF FLOODING FROM DEVELOPMENT

    Development proposals will be expected to:

    • be designed and constructed to minimise the overall level of flood risk within the parish; and
    • provide appropriate surface water drainage; and
    • open existing culverts where practicable

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    Town Centre and Economy

    POLICY EC1 SHIFNAL TOWN CENTRE

    Development within the area of Shifnal Town Centre will be expected to comply with the requirements of the Shropshire Core Strategy Policy on Town and Rural Centres and the Local Plan policy on Managing Town Centre Development.

    COMMENT

    POLICY EC2 PRIMARY SHOPPING AREA

    In the Primary Shopping Area of Shifnal town centre there will be a presumption in favour of retail proposals and a presumption against changes of use away from shops, Financial and Professional Services, Restaurants and Cafes and Drinking Establishments.

    COMMENT

    POLICY EC3 SHOPFRONT SIGNAGE WITHIN THE PRIMARY SHOPPING AREA

    Proposals for shopfront signage within the primary shopping area should be in sympathy with the upper storeys of the building and adjoining facades. The use of traditional materials such as timber with sign-written titles rather than plastic, externally illuminated signs will be required and Flush-fitted signs will be preferred.

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    POLICY EC4 PROTECTION OF EXISTING COMMERCIAL PREMISES OR LAND

    There will be a strong presumption against the loss of commercial premises or land which provides employment or future potential employment opportunities.

    COMMENT

    POLICY EC5 EMPLOYMENT-GENERATING USES

    Within the settlement boundary of Shifnal Town, development proposals to provide employment on land allocated for this purpose will be supported subject to appropriate conditions.

    COMMENT

    POLICY EC6 SMALL SCALE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

    Development proposals to provide small-scale employment opportunities will be supported subject to appropriate conditions.

    Strong support will be given if such provision is made for incubator/start-up businesses on flexible terms.

    COMMENT

    POLICY EC7 RURAL COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES AND AGRICULTURAL LAND

    Support will be given for proposals that strengthen the rural economy. It is important that any such proposals represent appropriate development in the countryside and do not conflict with the purposes of the green belt.

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