Town Plan

1. BISHOP’S CASTLE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AGM

The AGM took place on the 21st May 2019. It covered 3 key documents which you can
download here:-
The AGM presentation .. .Bishop’s Castle Community Partnership AGM presentation
The 2019 updated Town Plan . . .2019 Community-Led Plan v1.2_23Mar19
The BCCP ‘Year 1 Achievements’ . . . BCCP Town Plan Year 1 Achievements

2. TOWN CHARACTER ASSESSMENT 

If you would like to help with improvements to Bishop’s Castle town centre, join us in the Character Assessment initiative

A special place……one of the great secrets of this country” was how one person described their feelings about Bishop’s Castle in our Town Plan consultations.  If you feel the same way and can spare a couple of hours of your time, come and help the Community Partnership assess what makes our town a unique place.

You can do an in-depth analysis of one of our town centre streets which should be both fun and stimulating.  Perhaps you may be surprised by things you haven’t noticed before?  We will provide all the resources you need and guidance on how to do the assessment.  If it sounds interesting, contact either Anne-Marie Jackson on 01588 638566 or jackson.annemarie@btinternet.com or Norma Harman on normaharman@hotmail.com for further details.

3. PLANS FOR PROPOSED NEW HOUSING

 It is proposed to build 70 homes on either side of Welsh Street by the Wintles. While we need affordable homes, the sites proposed by Shropshire Council go against Bishop’s Castle’s own Town Plan as it is hard to see how access for the 70 new homes might be prevented from using the already congested Welsh Street and our historic Town Centre. Concerns were eloquently expressed at this week’s consultation meeting in the Public Hall.
Please read:-
o The BC Community Partnership’s response to the proposed site is here  CP Summary of Response.
o Shropshire Council’s Preferred Sites Consultation document is here 03-preferred-sites-consultation-bishops-castle-place-plan-area

4. SECURING THE FUTURE WE WANT TO SEE

The Shropshire Local Plan produced by Shropshire Council is the plan that will determine the character of Bishop’s Castle in the coming years.  To address the needs and aspirations of the community that were so clearly expressed in the existing Bishop’s Castle Town Plan we need to harness the Town Plan’s potential to influence the economic, social, environmental and housing strategies that are contained in Shropshire Council’s Local Plan and its associated Bishop’s Castle Place Plan and SAMDev Plan.
To read the full text of this BCCP document download it here Securing the Future – intro

5. BISHOP’S CASTLE TOWN PLAN – PROGRESS REPORT

The new Bishop’s Castle Community Partnership Charity [BCCP] has been formed to replace the Town Plan working group.  As a formally constituted charity, with its own bank account, the BCCP will be able to seek funding for its many initiatives to benefit the community.  It will continue to work closely with the Town Council, with representatives from the Town Council on the committee.

The BCCP is a small group of volunteers, and for it to be a success, we urgently need more people to help with the wide range of initiatives which are aimed at improving all aspects of life in Bishop’s Castle.   It isn’t a heavy commitment, a few hours every month at most helping with interesting community projects.   Please contact Keith Whiddon keith.whiddon@btinternet.com 07971 661615

Aims of the Community Partnership

  • Work closely with partners to translate the actions within the Community Town Plan into reality and practice. – To bring together individuals and groups with a shared interest in Bishop’s Castle under a common action plan, planned and delivered together;
  • Regularly consult the community on its needs and prioritise the actions required. – To continue liaison with the people of Bishop’s Castle to express their views with regard to the implementation of the Community Town Plan;
  • Identify and bid for potential sources of funding (often unavailable to statutory bodies) to support local priorities;
  • Provide a strategy for the development of the Town and key economic, social and environmental priorities;
  • Represent the interests of the local community at County and national level. – Act as a lobbying/pressure group when necessary on behalf of the community;
  • Support the community of Bishop’s Castle and its environs to achieve a better quality of life for residents. – To deliver improvements to the local community which may not happen in any other way, for example providing support/advice for small-scale start-up projects.

Copies of the Plan and its annexes may be viewed at Enterprise House, Library, Town Hall, Doctor’s Surgery, Community College, SpArC, BCHRC and our local pubs. It may also be downloaded below:

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bishops-castle-community-town-plan-annexes-october-2016

If you can offer some time to help, however little, we’d love to hear from you.

Contact us at:-  townplan@bishopscastle.co.uk

or via our new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/communityplan

Keith Whiddon, Chair, Bishop’s Castle Community Town Plan Steering group

A graphical summary of the responses to the Town Plan survey can be seen in attached document
[2 Town Plan Responses Graphics v0.2].