Neighbourhood Plan




Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to prepare a shared development vision for their area. This neighbourhood plan seeks to shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development by influencing the planning policies and decisions made by Shropshire Council in Cleobury Mortimer Parish.

Neighbourhood plans must conform with local plan policies and can amplify the planning decision making framework.
This neighbourhood plan will help ensure that planning proposals take account of Cleobury Mortimer Town’s circumstances and needs.
Decisions about planning applications must comply with policies in the Development Plan. In Cleobury Mortimer, this means that planning decisions must pay heed to the policies in this neighbourhood plan when it has passed its Referendum in 2021.

Shropshire Council has informed the Town Council that around 140 new houses and 1 hectare of employment land will be required to meet local need up to 2038. The neighbourhood plan seeks to ensure that this housing provides the necessary infrastructure and protections to ensure that the Town will continue to be a wonderful place to live.

The plan has been prepared by a Steering group of Town Councillors and has had input from Town Council staff and members of the public.


This consultation runs from Monday 15th June to Monday 3rd August 2020

We want our final plan to reflect the community’s views.

Please read the following documents and then complete the online survey:

Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter – Reg 14 Consultation Final June 2020



Link to Survey



Neighbourhood Plan Update  March 2020

At the March 2020 Town Council meeting, the Neighbourhood Plan Task and Finish Group’s recommendation to Council was agreed, having listened to the concerns of residents, land owners, Shropshire Planning and Highways and balanced and viable changes had been made to the plan. A motion was passed to proceed with drafting a revised Neighbourhood Development Plan for formal public consultation. The consultation will last at least 6 weeks and will commence as soon after early April as a draft can be agreed by the Town Council. We would like to thank everyone for their input and patience.

Neighbourhood Plan Update 05.11.2019

Following the publication of our outline Neighbourhood Plan for Cleobury in September, we have listened to the extensive  feedback from residents and we have been looking at viable alternatives to the plan put forward. Our next steps are to discuss those options with Shropshire Planning Department and then with land owners to find the best viable solution. This will take us up to mid-end  December before we can make a firm recommendation from the Neighbourhood Plan task and Finish Group back to the Town Council.

We would then publish our draft detailed plans and go through a 6 week consultation period with all parties including all residents before making any amendments and submitting our plans for further scrutiny as part of the overall Local Plan for Shropshire process.

Following the publishing of the outline Neighbourhood Plan in the Newsletter distributed around the 1st September we have seen and listened to on-line at and face to face comments at “drop in clinics” as requested on the 11/14 and 16th of September. Collectively their has been a huge response, many of the people who have come across the Neighbourhood Plan for the first time.  We have prepared some Frequently Asked Questions and their answers for those interested to view on-line at This round of community consultation closes on the 22nd September.
It has always been our intention over the last 2 years to seek residents and businesses opinions and preferences for development, meeting the needs for housing and industrial land of the right size and type within the targets set by County Planning. By choosing to do our own plan we can add in detailed local needs and strengthen our legal position and gain extra money from developers for community infrastructure improvements.
The Neighbourhood Planning team are therefore going to review the comments on our outline plan, its location and phasing of housing and industrial land and come back to Council and then residents with any reasonable adjustments or viable alternatives as a recommendation before writing up our detailed plan for submission and the more formal process of consultation. This will lead to around a 1 month delay to our current timetable.
A formal consultation to follow will involve access to the full detailed plan as well as distribution of a further Newsletter with summary maps and any key changes to our original proposals, if that proves to viable and deliverable. We will aim to make sure that these recommendations are communicated accurately and widely using all the communications channels at our disposal.
Any progress will be reported on  as well as information points in the town and where relevant Facebook.

NP Timeline consultation

Due to the number of concerns that have been raised about the Neighbourhood Plan the Town Council has asked the NP task group to arrange some open drop in sessions so that members of the community can come and ask questions about the plan face to face. Once we have the dates of these meetings they will be published on Facebook and on our website. We have attached some information in the interim that may answer some of the queries.

NP Newsletter Sept 2019

Cleobury Mortimer Map

Comment Form – Neighbourhood Plan

A message from the Neighbourhood Plan Task Group:
We have removed the map that was posted with the Neighbourhood Plan information. This map showed all the sites that were originally offered for development and most of them were rejected early on in the process because of their impact on the environment or lack of economic viability. It caused some confusion as these rejected sites were still visible on the map. Please refer to the newsletter which confirms the only sites currently being proposed.


The seven Wildlife Corridors of Cleobury are ancient natural features of trees, hedges and scrub that provide shelter, security, feeding and breeding grounds for many thousands of animal and plant species in and around the town. They enhance the local urban and rural landscape as well as human contact and knowledge of the wide and extensive biodiversity. The Neighbourhood Plan seeks to repair, replace and sustain these corridors in the face of change and Town  housing expansion.

NP Timeline Aug 2019

NP-Status Report May 2019

NP Status Report Feb 2019

Autumn 2018 Newsletter and Survey Results

NP Status Report Nov 2018

NP Status Report Oct 2018

NP Policy Summary 5th October 2018

NP status report September 2018

NP Status Report August 2018

NP Status report June 2018

NP Status Report March 2018

To complete the Neighbourhood Plan survey please click here 

NP Newsletter Spring 2018

NP Status Report February 2018



NP Status Report January 2018

NP Status Report November 2017

NP Status Report September 2017

NP Status Report August 2017

Volunteer role description Neighborhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan consultation