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Woore Parish Council

Neighbourhood Plan


The Referendum will be held, in the Victory Hall, between 7 am and 10 pm on THURSDAY 30th MAY 2019

The question which will be asked in the Referendum is: “Do you want Shropshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Woore to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” All registered electors in the Parish may vote - postal votes will be issued to those registered for them.

We need parishioners to vote "YES" in as large numbers as possible, so that the Plan you have helped to form can really influence the future of our Parish.

Please vote YES on 30th May.

The final version of the Plan, to be voted on, and Shropshire Council's Notice of Poll can be downloaded below.


Voting Information:

Applications to be added to the register of electors for this election must be received no later than Monday 13 May 2019.

New applications for, or amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of existing postal proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, ShropsApplications to be included on the register of electors for this election must behire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Tuesday 14 May 2019.

New applications to vote by proxy at this referendum must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY2 6ND by 5 pm on Tuesday 21 May 2019.


Report to the Annual Parish Meeting 8th April 2019 attached below

Woore Examination now Complete!

The Examiner's Report has now been published by Shropshire Council and is available on this page. Shropshire confirms the matter is on the Cabinet Agenda for 20th March 2019, following which, if agreed, we understand the Referendum must be held within 56 working days (by mid-June 2019).

We were delighted to receive (December) this Examiner's Report on our draft Plan. With mainly minor amendments he recommends that the draft Plan proceed to a Referendum of registered electors in the Parish in 2019. The only exception is his removal of our sensitive gaps policy, but we feel this is mitigated by the adoption of a development boundary on the same lines, with all outside it (including the gaps between areas of development) being defined and protected as "open countryside". He has made no changes to the numbers or scale of our housing targets, or to our HS2 policy, that all land is restored to its original state on the completion of work.

The Team notified Shropshire Council that it supports proceeding now to a referendum on the Plan as amended, and the Parish Council also did so at its January meeting, unanimously agreeing “Woore Parish Council supports the conclusions of the Examiner's report into the Neighbourhood Plan, and agrees that there may be a need for Shropshire Council to provide additional minor clarifications to the examiner's proposed modifications in order to ensure internal consistency between the Examiner's conclusions and the resulting policies of the Neighbourhood Plan”.

This is a very different referendum by the way from the one (whether first or second) currently constantly featuring in the TV News - it will be just us, and what we vote for will happen!


Update on the Woore examination by Shropshire Council, 9 November 2018

John Parmiter, the independent examiner appointed currently assessing the Woore Neighbourhood Plan, has informed us that the plan should be informed by a habitat regulation assessment (HRA) screening assessment. Whilst the impact upon environmental assets has been considered as part of the SEA screening assessment carried out by Woore Parish Council as part of their preparation of the plan, it is now considered necessary for us, as the responsible body, to undertake a specific HRA screening assessment to provide further certainty about the plan’s likely impacts on protected sites.

Mr Parmiter has therefore agreed to suspend the examination for a short period to allow us to undertake this process. An HRA screening assessment has therefore been prepared and is being consulted until Friday 7 December.

Following the consultation we'll consider any comments made and adjust the assessment if required. The final version of the assessment will then be sent to Mr Parmiter for his consideration, after which he will finalise his report. It's likely therefore that the examination process will be concluded by mid-December.

Update ends


We are delighted to announce that on Friday 10 August, by agreement with representatives of the Parish Council and Neighbourhood Planning Team, Shropshire Council was able to make the appointment of Mr John Parmiter as Independent Examiner of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Woore Parish. He is an experienced Examiner, who has already fulfilled this role for other Shropshire Neighbourhood Plans. We now await his comments, which might be available in the course of October, in line with the timetable we have been working to.



Shropshire Council Consultation on the Final Draft Plan

This Consultation has now ended. Thank you to all those who responded.

Woore Parish Council (through the Neighbourhood Planning Team) has prepared a neighbourhood plan in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

On 29 May, this neighbourhood plan was submitted to Shropshire Council.

The submission of the Woore Neighbourhood Plan is accompanied by a basic conditions statement, a consultation statement and an SEA screening opinion. Please follow the links on this page to view the submitted documents.

Publication and consultation of the neighbourhood plan

As required by Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, Shropshire Council are inviting representations during a public consultation on the submission version of the Woore Neighbourhood Plan: http://shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/woore-neighbourhood-plan/

How do I make a comment?

Click on the 'How to get involved' tab on the page. Representations must be received by Shropshire Council no later than 5pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Representations received after this date won't be considered.

Representations can be submitted in writing using the contact details on the page:


Planning Policy

You can also use the downloadable feedback form. Representations must be received by Shropshire Council no later than 5pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018. Representations received after this date will not be considered.

Hard copies of the Woore Neighbourhood Plan are available at the following locations for inspection during normal opening hours:

  • Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
  • Woore Country Store, 11 The Square, Woore, CW3 9SD


As part of your representation, you can request to be notified of the Council's decision on whether to make (adopt) the neighbourhood plan under Regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.

Next Steps

Following the consultation, Shropshire Council will collate and submit all the responses received and send them to the appointed examiner, along with the submitted documents, for examination.

Following the examination, the appointed examiner will produce an examiner’s report and recommend whether the plan can be put to a public referendum or not. The council must then consider the examiner’s report and make a decision on whether to put the plan to public referendum or refuse it. If agreed, the council will arrange a referendum. If more than 50% of the votes at the referendum are in favour of the plan it will form part of Shropshire Council’s Local Development Plan.



The Regulation 14 Public Consultation Period Has Now Ended

Team Meeting: Wednesday 21 March 2018, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

The Team worked through responses received in the consultation on the draft Plan, determine their view on each, and how to incorporate those which are accepted in the next draft.

Woore Neighbourhood Planning Team

Drop In Consultation 7th February 2018

Many thanks to all who attended the session in the Victory Hall for their comments and support - over 20 parishioners were present.



Governing and Parish Council Members


Any of our Governing or Parish Council Members will be happy to provide more information, or you can email us at info@woorenpt.org.uk

Jon Furber - Chair                                info@woorenpt.org.uk

Stephen Clifford - Vice Chair                stephen.clifford@wooreparishcouncil.org

Jeff West - Founding Chair

Karin Billany - Minutes Secretary

Cllr Malcolm Blake                                  01630 647892

Cllr Mike Cowey                                      01630 642963

Draft Plan Consultation February 2018 Draft Plan Consultation February 2018
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