We recognise the independent role that planning authorities must play in the plan-making and decision taking processes. We are aware of the day to day pressures local authority officers and members face in fulfilling their statutory planning functions.
We seek to actively engage with Officers and Members as early as possible in the planning process and as our proposals evolve, to ensure a positive outcome.
Parish and Town Councils
We work hard to gain a full understanding of local issues and endeavour to develop our proposals to fit local requirements and circumstances. We view the role of parish and town councils as key in this process.
We recognise that in some cases our proposals may initially unsettle some local communities. Our aim is to have open dialogue so that all interested parties are fully informed, as we firmly believe the best schemes are delivered where local communities are wholly engaged in the planning process.
An example of where collaborate work with the local community has delivered real benefit is illustrated at our Shifnal development, where sites for a replacement medical centre and swimming pool form an integral part of the planning permission. The need for these local facilities only came to light through effective public participation. As a result of which, our planning application on this greenfield unallocated site received local support and gained planning permission when first reported to Planning Committee.