Bridgnorth Town Plan
Newsletter – August 2019
The last version of the Bridgnorth Town Plan was completed in 2012. A new version is needed, especially
given the proposals from Shropshire Council for a revised Local Plan. An independent Steering Group has
been set up to lead development of a revised plan, with the support of a number of local organisations, the
Town Council and adjacent Parish Councils.
The Steering Group held its first meeting on 28th June and work is progressing well.
More information on the Bridgnorth Town Plan is available at https://bridgnorthtownplan.weebly.com.
Approach and objectives
The Town Plan will be produced in three phases:
1. Production of a discussion document that will summarise the issues facing the town and some
potential solutions. This should be available in October 2019. It will be neither final nor complete and
is intended to provide a basis for the next phase, providing a basis for consultation.
2. Consultation with residents and local businesses. This will probably be through a combination of
community meetings and an on-line survey, between October 2019 and early 2020.
3. Completion of the Town Plan during 2020.
The Town Plan should provide a vision for the future of Bridgnorth and the surrounding area, giving a
framework within which relevant organisations can collaborate and provide the required infrastructure and
services. Responsibility for provision will generally remain with the appropriate bodies, such as Shropshire
Council, the NHS, the emergency services and landowners. However, the town is more likely to get what is
needed if everyone takes an interest in defining what is needed.
Progress to date
An initial breakdown of activity into working groups is shown in the next page. The first three working groups
have met and started work and the fourth will meet shortly. These are:
• Growth and Demographics: Understanding potential changes in population and business in the area
and the potential demand for housing and industrial and business premises.
• Economy and Business: Considering how to best support the economy in Bridgnorth, including
industry and services, tourism and hospitality, and retail and the town centre.
• Education and Skills: Checking that the town’s needs can be met by local provision, in reasonable
travel distance or by distance learning.
• Mobility and Transport: Assessing people’s need to travel, including commuting, and demand for the
transport of goods. What enhancements will be needed for pedestrians and cyclists, and to public
transport and the road network? How can we reduce pollution and divert traffic?
In addition, the sports community is holding its own meetings on sports provision in the area, including
considering if collaboration can help clubs thrive and enable more funding to be obtained. This work may
provide the basis for the ‘Sports and Leisure’ section of the Town Plan.
Sustainability and the environment will be considered across all working groups, with some coordination.
How to get involved
Contact the Chairman, either directly or via the Contact page on the website, and let him know in which of the
working groups you would like to participate. You will be invited to the next meeting and sent any relevant
information that is available for the working group.
We also need assistance on the following:
• PR and communications: We have to involve the community and developing a route forward. We
are going to need a good web site, an approach to social media and excellent PR to promote the
needs of the Town.
• Understanding funding: We must understand how the needs identified in the Town Plan could be
funded. A plan cannot be a plan unless it can be implemented. However, we are not trying to raise
funds – just to convince ourselves that funding will be available.
Thanks to everyone for your ongoing support,
Clive Dyson – Chair, Bridgnorth Town Plan Steering Group