Shropshire Council

Highley 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 Highley 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

For the Highley and Surrounding Area Place Plan, a review of information has shown that key infrastructure issues are: 

  • Highley Village is a linear settlement, spread over a mile on the B4555. The town is isolated to the east by the river, apart from a footbridge that provides pedestrian access to Alveley. 
  • Local infrastructure priorities include provision and maintenance of facilities and equipment for sport, recreation and leisure. 
  • The area’s predominantly rural nature will require development to be both limited in scale, and sensitive to the environment.  


There are a number of projects that have been identified and prioritised for the Highley area. You can find the details for projects in the place plan which is attached to this page for viewers to download.