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The draft Local Plan consultation is now closed.

Community Infrastructure, Culture and Open Space

The council want our places to help current and future communities to be healthy, stronger and more active. This includes residents having easy access to community facilities, cultural opportunities and public open space. The population of Telford and Wrekin is growing, changing, and getting older. People should also have easy access to places where they can get together, no matter their age or interests. 

Enabling people to meet, socialise and engage in cultural activities is critical to ensuring that new and existing communities grow stronger and improve their wellbeing. Excellent access to open space helps residents to exercise and get access to the natural environment close to their homes improving mental as well as physical wellbeing creating healthier communities. 

The borough has a strong tourism offer that includes the International Centre, Ironbridge World Heritage Site and a diverse hospitality sector. Supporting culture, tourism and leisure sectors in the borough will help grow and diversify the economy, create jobs and ensure there is a good mix of venues in the borough for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Image of the Telford Tennis Centre.
Langley school

What is the role of the Local Plan?  

The Local Plan seeks to: 

  • Ensure that new development has access to the facilities and amenities that meets the needs of existing and future residents of all ages and abilities; 
  • Protect existing community facilities and resist their loss where they are needed; 
  • Protect and enhance areas of public open space, in existing communities, such as recreation and sports grounds and play facilities with investment from new developments into these facilities;  
  • Provide new areas of open space on larger developments that meet the needs of new communities for local and neighbourhood play facilities and onsite sports and recreation provision as well as informal space for people to enjoy;  
  • Support development proposals for new and improved cultural, leisure and tourism in the borough that are easy to get to, support our town and district centres and improve the public realm; and  
  • Help to connect people to improved communication networks, including broadband to support education, commercial activities and new ways of working, such as working from home.  

Please note: The consultation on the draft Local Plan has now closed. Any comments made past 5pm, 31 January 2024 will not be considered.