A vision for the future of the area

In future, in Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey, this is how we want it to feel:

  • People feel connected and that they belong
  • There’s a high quality natural environment that people value, enjoy and get out into
  • People feel healthy and good about themselves
  • It’s easy and safe to get around, and it’s a pleasure to walk down the street
  • There’s enough green space for playing, relaxing and recreation
  • People feel they can have a say in what happens locally
  • People feel safe and the area is child-friendly
  • People can live in an environmentally friendly way
Graphic showing the vision for the future of the Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey areas

Click to expand


The Context – Where are we now?

This plan can only work if it

  • Builds on what the area is already like
  • Becomes part of what is already going on in Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey
  • Fits with other initiatives, strategies and plans that relate to the area.

This section gives some summary information to describe all of these different things.

What Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey are like now

The UMACC area is basically eastern Shrewsbury, clearly defined by a large loop of the river Severn which surrounds it along three sides.

The area is generally flat, dropping gently towards the river on three sides.

It includes in full the three electoral wards of Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey over an area of 512 hectares.


The population of the area is 12,800, or 5,500 households[1].

There is an overall density of 25 people per hectare, which in places reaches a maximum of 64.

Of the three wards Abbey has the highest proportion of people aged over 65 (27%), whereas Underdale has the highest proportion of children below the age of 15 (23%).

Average household size varies from 1.2 to 2.5 people, with an average of 2.3.

The area's historic buildings are greatly valued and add to a sense of locality.

The area’s historic buildings are greatly valued and add to a sense of locality.

Transport and Communications

The area is crossed by a railway line and a major road, both of which cause a few problems for residents wanting to get around the area.

Otherwise the traffic levels are low, with equally low records of traffic accidents.

Land use and employment

The main land use of the UMACC area is residential.

There are two major employers, Shropshire Council and West Mercia Police, and about 130 businesses registered in the area.

While others employ up to 145 people, most are small businesses employing fewer people, while many employ only one.


The housing stock is of mixed ages, mostly 20th century but with a good proportion of 19th century or older.

There is a concentration of older buildings in the Abbey ward, with about 80 listed properties and Conservation Areas covering parts of Abbey and Underdale.

[1] Census 2011