Shropshire Council

Market Drayton Neighbourhood Plan

The emerging Market Drayton Neighbourhood Plan has reached the examination stage. The plan is being prepared by Market Drayton Town Council.

Market Drayton submitted a draft version of the plan to us in May 2018. We then consulted on it (known as the Regulation 16 stage) in June 2018. We received a number of representations, attached to this page. The draft version of the plan and associated documents are also included on this page. Please note the consultation has now closed and we're not accepting any further comments.  


We've appointed John Parmiter as the independent examiner for the plan. It's the role of the examiner to assess the plan and decide if it has met the basic conditions, and can proceed to a referendum. 

Mr Parmiter will primarily rely in his examination on the submission plan and other supporting documentation, together with the representations that were made to it. 

However, Mr Parmiter has decided that he does require a public hearing in order to provide further clarification on specific matters. The hearing session will take place on Thursday 27 September at Market Drayton Town Hall at 10am. Mr Parmiter has prepared an agenda for the hearing session, which is attached to this page.  

Importantly, the hearing takes place in public but is NOT a public meeting. Nor is it a public inquiry or examination in public. Only those invited can actively participate, although everyone else is welcome to attend and observe. Mr Parmiter has prepared a note which provides more information on the procedure for the hearing session.  

Mr Parmiter will prepare his written report into the plan in the next few weeks. If he considers that it has met the basic conditions, or is capable of doing so with some amendments, it will proceed to a referendum. If it's agreed at referendum we'll proceed to agreeing it, at which point it will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. More information on the referendum will follow. 

Update - 16 November 2018

We've now received the final examiner's report into the Market Drayton Neighbourhood Plan. The examiner has concluded that the plan should not proceed to referendum. In following the conclusions of the examiner, we will not therefore be taking the plan to a referendum. The proposed plan cannot therefore be adopted by the council as a neighbourhood plan. Take a look at the full text of the examiner’s report.