The Old Smithfield Development.
The Secretary of State has agreed to the request by the Chamber to ‘call in’ the planning application for the ‘Old Smithfield’ site. The Chamber are grateful to Philip Dunne MP for his support in this matter.
Shropshire Council have been instructed that their decision to give planning consent is now effectively cancelled and the decision will now be made by the Secretary of State.
A Public Inquiry is now due to be held in November 2017 where the legal and other arguments will be put to the Inspector.
The Chamber’s legal team are working hard on behalf of the membership to ensure that land Compulsory Purchased by Bridgnorth District Council, to ensure it would remain as car parking for the town, will not now be built on against the wishes of the electorate.
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The Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its petition to the planning officer at Shirehall on Tuesday 9th August, the current official deadline given for objections. The petition has now been gathered together and we have over 6,500 signatures at the last count. Journalists will be present for the handover and an interview with Chairman Steve Robbins will be broadcast live on Radio Shropshire the morning before from the Old Smithfield site where the development is proposed to be built.
We are very aware of the serious concerns that many members have regarding the proposed development, the Chamber acted swiftly as soon as we were made aware of it, and believes the petition will send a strong message out about the feelings of those who shop in the town.
There has been much discussion locally, and on social media, regarding what is and what isn’t eligible criteria for a planning application to be refused. The Chamber would like to advise members that it put together a sub committee to co-ordinate its challenge to the proposals, giving it access to as much historical information on the site as is possible to get, and the very best legal advice on planning matters.
In addition to the petition, substantial legal questions have now been raised which will need to be addressed. For obvious reasons we cannot discuss these matters, but we would like to reassure members that we are working hard on your behalf and certainly do not consider this a lost cause. The Chamber anticipate it is unlikely that there will be any further developments before September at the earliest.
BRIDGNORTH WINS GREAT BRITISH HIGH STREET AWARD
Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce are delighted to hear that the Town’s bid to win the Market Town category of the Great British High Street awards has been successful, and would like to congratulate Sarah Stevens and Sally Themans and thank them for all of their efforts.
The Chamber recognised the value of winning this prestigious title and were pleased to offer financial support to help with the publicity. We are especially proud that our Park and Ride was mentioned by the Judges as a successful community led initiative which helped the bid.
The National publicity that this has generated will have a positive effect on tourism over the coming year, but more than that, winning the award will surely encourage all of the community to continue to work together to improve our town.
Great British High Street Competition
The Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be supporting the town’s entry into the Great British High Street competition, having assisted in the application, we are continuing to work closely with Sarah Stevens and Sally Themans to give any support that we can.
The more individual organisations that can get involved, the better our chances will be, posters and banners have been produced to promote our entry as we battle it out with Market Harborough and Hinckley in the Final for the Large Market Town award.
We have heard that our achievement in making the Final has already had an influence on the number of visitors to the town, the Chamber Executive believe winning this competition would have a positive influence on commerce in Bridgnorth, and we are confident all of our members will get fully behind it.
You can vote online for the town using the following link:http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/finalist-large-market-town
The voting will account for 50% of the marks.
Judges will be visiting the town on a day in November, and their decision will make up the other 50% of the marks.
We are so lucky to have a truly great British High Street with traditional shops and a fantastic atmosphere. If any members wish to find out more or see how they can become more involved, please contact the Chamber.
About Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce
The Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce exists to connect and support local businesses which are registered within Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas. All businesses, large and small, are encouraged to apply to join the Chamber.
The aim of Chambers of Commerce is to promote, advance and protect the commercial, professional and general interests of the community and the local economy. A Chamber of Commerce has existed in Bridgnorth for over 40 years, and has been instrumental in protecting the rights of the town’s historic market, which is protected by Royal Charter. Bridgnorth received the earliest Charter granted to a Shropshire Town by Henry II in 1157.
Bridgnorth Chamber of Commerce relaunched itself in November 2014 with a newly elected Council determined to grow the membership and work on new initiatives to support them. Monthly social meetings now take place on the last Thursday of the month, where members can drop in and network with other members in a more informal setting, and discuss any issues with the officers of the Chamber.
Affiliation with Shropshire Chamber opened up the opportunity for members to attend the breakfast meetings held at Bridgnorth Golf Club, with all the County wide networking opportunities that gives.