Shropshire Council

Whitchurch 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 Whitchurch 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 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:

  • Provision of drainage and utilities to unlock two significant employment and housing sites in Whitchurch
  • Improving links to/from Crewe and to/from HS2
  • Upgrades to utilities across the area, including electricity supply and sewerage network capacity works
  • Potential development of Digital Innovation and Enterprise Park at Whitchurch town
  • Provision of additional school places to cater for development-led demand
  • Affordable housing development linked to development of strategic infrastructure sites


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.