Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey Community Led Plan – Policies

These are the policies that make up the Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey Community Led Plan.

In the second phase of developing this Plan, we structured our consultations around eight themes which had emerged from the Phase One consultation.

We think it is helpful to continue to use these themes to categorise a number of policies which we want to see implemented in Underdale, Monkmoor and Abbey.

These policies provide the guidelines which should underpin any new developments, as well as any changes to existing developments.

They should also support any plans for maintaining, changing or improving service provision.

Policy areas

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RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
R1Ensure provision of green space at a level that exceeds national minimum standards and meets the needs of a variety of usersMonkmoor Rec, Porchfield, Mousefield.
R2Ensure that there is access to age appropriate play and recreation facilities and servicesNew children’s play areas e.g. Upton Lane playing fields, Old Heath. More varied facilities, e.g. playgrounds, BMX track, rugby posts, zipwire. More sports teams for girls & boys. More varied facilities. Safeguard & improve scouts facilities. Swimming pool.
R3Where possible, provide spaces and facilities to encourage natural playFor all ages.
R4Safeguard existing community recreation facilitiesPlaying fields and open spaces (e.g. Upton Lane, Belvidere School, Mousefield, Ellis Green, Peace Drive, NALGO playing fields, The Elms)
R5Improve recreation facilities to promote health & wellbeing for allAdd more varied equipment.
R6Where possible, design recreation spaces to meet the needs of different usersMore seating. More ramps. Able to enjoy wildlife. Café. Even ground.

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Sense of Community

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
SC1Promotion of sustainable community gardens, meadows, orchards and other spacesGreen spaces for community use.
SC2Enable and support provision of indoor and outdoor community space for all agesNeed for indoor community spaces to remain available for community group use. Regular use of existing outdoor community spaces.
SC3Enable, support and promote provision
of community activities and groups
Hold community social events, e.g picnic, Monkfest, big breakfast, street parties.

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Street Cleanliness

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
SCL1New developments and commercial development approvals consider potential for increase in litter and are required to provide solutionsTackling dog fouling on pavements and littering.
SCL2Ensure that street cleanliness enforcement measures are
Tackling dog fouling on pavements and elsewhere, and littering.
SCL3Promote measures contributing to
reduction in litter
Tackling littering in street and green spaces.

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Traffic and Parking

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
TP1Ensure that all new housing & commercial developments are designed so that parking needs are met and no further pressure is put on existing provisionExisting problems for pedestrians and traffic from poor parking.
TP2Traffic management design and enforcement is in place to safeguard all road users and pedestrians especially near schools, shopping, recreation and play areasSchools – Crowmere, Belvidere, St Giles. Speeding, e.g. Monkmoor Road, Bridgeford Way, Conway Drive. Pedestrian crossings, e.g. Monkmoor Road shops, Crowmere Road.
TP3Improved traffic design for approaches
to new estates which promotes safeguarding of all road users and pedestrians
Road, cycle and pedestrian safety.
TP4Implementation of ’20 is plenty’ in residential areasConcern for road safety.
TP5Encourage pre-application community consultation with relation to traffic and parking impactsConcern for exacerbating parking pressures, road safety issues.

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Housing and Commercial Development

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
HCD1All new developments/estates:

  • Designed around open/green
    spaces and play areas

  • Designed in visual harmony
    with existing buildings

  • Do not detract from the existing
    sense of space and place

  • Provide recycling facilities

Green space at the centre. Safe car free areas. In keeping with surrounding buildings. Promoting sustainable living.
HCD2Put people not cars firstSafe to walk or cycle. Bus services accessible and with a good service.
HCD3All new developments should be
permeable to pedestrian and cycle
(i.e. public) access. No gated communities.
Promoting a sense of community.
HCD4Ensure pre-application community
consultation even for small
developments, less than 10 dwellings.
Community ‘say’ on any local development. Concerns about housing density.
HCD5All new developments to be built to a
minimum of (Building Regulations) Sustainability Code Level 3
Promoting sustainable living. Recycling facilities. Energy efficient.
HCD6Ensure that new developments are
built at a density no higher than
their immediate surroundings.
Concerns about housing density.
HCD7Ensure that new developments are
built at a density no higher than
their immediate surroundings.
Concerns about housing density.

Sustainability Code Level 3 – The Code for Sustainable Homes is a standard for key elements of design and construction which affect the sustainability of a new home. The rating system describes the overall sustainability performance of a home, ranging from level 1 to 6, where level 1 is the entry level above the level of Building Regulations and level 6 reflects exemplar development in sustainability terms.
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Historic Buildings and Architecture

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
HBA1Maintain the existing unique historic and contemporary building and architectural features of the area including those that
are listed and those that aren’t listed but are valued by the community
Abbey Foregate. Lord Hill Column. Shirehall. Listed buildings. Historic buildings.
HBA2Ensure all new residential and commercial developments are designed in keeping
with the vernacular/their surroundings
In keeping with surroundings. Improving the visual appearance of the area.
HBA3Encourage iconic and quality building designGood visual design for the area.
HBA4Promote and support public valuing of the area’s historic, contemporary and iconic architectureImportance of some local buildings.
HBA5Recognise the importance of Abbey Foregate as a gateway to Shrewsbury’s centreImprove the setting through landscaping. Keep the area tidy.

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Green Spaces

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
GS1Green spaces are always an integral part of the planning of any new developmentAlleviating density. Central green spaces. Avoiding loss of overall green space in the area.
GS2Create more green space, aiming to create wildlife corridors wherever possibleProtection from development. More tree planting. Manage for wildlife.
GS3Ensure that existing green spaces are protected and maintained and where possible the quality of biodiversity is improvedProtection from development. More tree planting. Manage for wildlife.
GS4Recognise the value of green spaces, including watercourses, for community, personal and environmental wellbeingBringing the countryside into the town. Good for the neighbourhood.

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Getting Round

RefPolicyConsultation priorities include
GA1Ensure all new developments make provision for safe cycling & pedestrian travelCycle routes, pavements, road crossings, lighting, dealing with parking issues.
GA2Ensure all new developments have
at least one charging point for electric vehicles per 10-15 houses
Sustainable living.
GA3Ensure all new developments have reasonable access to bus servicesEncouraging reduction in car use.
GA4Promote safe pedestrian and cycle
routes for children between home, school and play
Improve existing cycle lanes. New cycle lanes, e.g. Wilfred Owen School to Belvidere, past the Abbey to town centre. Belvidere bridge improvements for pedestrians. Castle Walk lighting. Deal with parking issues.
GA5Promote safe routes for travel
between home, work, facilities and services
Improve existing cycle lanes. New cycle lanes, e.g. Wilfred Owen School to Belvidere, past the Abbey to town centre. Belvidere bridge improvements for pedestrians. Castle Walk lighting. Deal with parking issues.
GA6Promote alternatives to the private
car for short journeys, e.g. cycling, bus
Encouraging reduction in car use.

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