Shropshire Council

Wem 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 Wem 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 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 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:

  • Potential requirement to upgrade and improve the capacity of the wastewater treatment works to provide the necessary scope to support new development.
  • Possible provision of additional school places in response to development.


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