Shropshire Council

Broseley and surrounding area

Place plans were developed to include a main centre (often a market town) and its surrounding smaller towns, villages and rural hinterland. These areas are recognised in the Local Plan as functioning geographical areas, with strong linkages to and from the main town and the wider area.

The Broseley and Surrounding Area Place Plan covers the area identified within the red outline on the map image on this page. It summarises and prioritises the local infrastructure needs which are required to support the sustainable development of the area, and identifies the wider investment needs to assist delivery of the community’s vision and aspirations.

Data and information review

The infrastructure project list is based on information submitted to us by town and parish councils in each place plan area. This information is then tested against data held by us, and further informed by consultation with a range of infrastructure providers.

By gathering this information, we've been able to understand more clearly the needs of each place plan area and use this information to make some difficult decisions about prioritisation of projects.

Key infrastructure issues

A review of information for this area has shown that key infrastructure issues are:< /p>

  • Affordable housing provision will remain an issue across the area, but development opportunities may be limited.
  • Tourism is an important sector for the area, and enhancement of tourism infrastructure could bring benefits, although this will need to be sympathetic to the predominantly rural nature of the area.
  • The area has relatively poor road access and is bounded by areas of unstable land.
  • Other infrastructure needs tend to focus around community needs such as sporting and leisure facilities and open space


Several projects have been identified and prioritised for the area. You can find the details for each project in the Broseley Place Plan which is attached to this page to view or download >.

This area in the countywide plan

Core Strategy policies

The Core Strategy recognises the role of Shropshire’s market towns and key centres through a specific policy - Policy CS3. This policy outlines how all our towns have distinctive identities, which new development is expected to reinforce, by respecting each town’s distinctive character, and by being sensitive to its landscape setting, historic features, and the towns’ functions.

You can view the full strategy on our planning policy web pages.

For Broseley, Policy CS3 recognises that:

  • Broseley will have development that balances environmental constraints with meeting local needs.
  • Broseley extends along a broad ridge for about a mile on the southern side of the Ironbridge Gorge (now a World Heritage Site), between Bridgnorth town and Telford. It has poor road access and is bounded by areas of unstable land.
  • The town was prominent in the early Industrial Revolution and its unplanned growth during that period has given rise to a distinctive and somewhat haphazard character. In the past, Broseley had a significant mining and smelting industry.
  • As such, employment self-containment is very low, and there are few major employers. Almost three times as many Broseley employees work in manufacturing than is the case county wide

SAMDev policies

The policies for Broseley, and then for the wider area, are as follows

  • Over the period 2006-2026, around 200 dwellings and around 2 hectares of employment land are planned for>
  • All development proposals should have regard to the adopted Broseley Town Plan
  • Proposals for small scale office, workshop and light industrial uses and expansion of existing businesses will be supported where they are well located and well suited to employment use.
  • Existing employment land will be protected unless it can be shown that a site is no longer viable, in which case proposals for mixed uses will be supported where the proposed alternative use would provide equal or greater benefits for the local community
  • Suitable small-scale employment uses within Broseley or appropriate rural locations will be permitted, with provision of a total of around 2 hectares of employment land on windfall opportunities planned for the 2006-2026 plan period

Local Plan Review

We started reviewing our Local Plan in 2017 and recently consulted on the preferred sites which are needed to meet the county’s development needs during the period to 2036. The new plan is unlikely to be adopted before 2021. The review will ensure that the Local Plan continues to be the primary consideration for decisions about development in Shropshire by maintaining robust and defensible policies that conform with national policy and address the changing circumstances within the county and beyond. 

Key points from the Local Plan Review include:

  • Broseley will act as a key centre and contribute towards the strategic growth objectives in the east of the County. The Local Plan Review will seek to achieve balanced housing and employment growth within Broseley, through the provision of around 250 dwellings and around 3 hectares of employment development between 2016 and 2036.
  • In 2016-17, 42 dwellings were completed and a further 145 dwellings were committed through planning permission, prior approval or site allocation. Therefore, a further 63 dwellings will need to be identified on new housing sites to support the housing growth objectives of the Local Plan Review.
  • Since 2006 Broseley has delivered new housing at a relatively modest rate, except during 2016 - 2017 when 42 houses were completed, reflecting the completions at Dark Lane. The annual build rate required over the Local Plan Review period is around 11 dwellings per annum.
  • Broseley is not a main employment centre but has a number of employment premises. Existing employment land includes sites at Cockshutt Lane and off Calcutts Road. To assist the economic growth objectives for the County, 1 hectare of employment to the south of Avenue Road is already committed by virtue of an allocation for B class employment uses. Therefore, an additional 2 hectares of employment land will be needed to support the employment growth objectives.
  • Additional land opportunities will need to recognise the presence of numerous natural and heritage assets including the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Severn Gorge Conservation Area, Broseley Conservation Area, wildlife sites, and areas of landscape sensitivity

More about Broseley

Broseley is located north of Bridgnorth and neighbours Ironbridge, which is part of Telford and Wrekin Council area. The ward is a mixture of both urban and rural areas. Broseley contains a mixture of housing in terms of age and type and is more densely populated than the average for Shropshire.

The River Severn borders the north of the area. The B4373 provides links to Bridgnorth and the A442 with links to Telford and the M54 towards the West Midlands. Broseley High Street has a range of shops and other amenities.

There has been a settlement at Broseley since before the Doomsday register. Originally a small agricultural area, it became a thriving area during the industrial revolution. Located along the southern bank of the River Severn, the famous Iron Bridge was built to link Broseley to Coalbrookdale.

During its industrial past Broseley was a centre for ironmaking, pottery and clay pipes. The industrial past can now be seen at the Pipework and Jackfield museums which form part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. During the 19th century the population was higher than today, and population numbers started to decline as industry moved away from the area. Houses in Broseley were built along narrow lanes known locally as jitties and provide a unique layout to the town.

Barrow is part of the Broseley place plan area, and one of the most important features of Barrow Parish both for residents and for visitors is the beautiful countryside with its network of small lanes and jitties and approximately 50 miles of footpaths.

Benthall Hall, a National Trust property attracts visitors who combine a visit to the hall with a visit to Benthall Church and a walk around the footpaths and lanes in the area.

Large areas of the woodland are looked after by the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust which is a registered charity and is the main land manager of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

List of parishes and local elected members

This place plan covers the following parish councils

  • Broseley Town Council
  • Barrow Parish Council

The following Shropshire Council elected members represent constituencies within this place plan area:

  • Councillor Simon Harris (Broseley Ward)
  • Councillor David Turner (Much Wenlock Ward)

Other local plans

When developing the place plan for an area, we also look at any other local plans and strategies that focus on infrastructure needs within that particular area.

For Broseley and the surrounding area, the relevant plans include: