The simple uncomfortable truth is that, Nationally and locally, not enough houses are being built. Affordable house to rent and buy is in short supply.

For people looking to get on the housing ladder house price growth is outstripping local wages and people’s capacity to save for a deposit is diminishing all the time.

Beyond that houses need to be built in the proper places, and residents need to a have a stronger voice in the process, before applications are even submitted. All too often Shropshire Council’s planning system has been development lead with little real urban planning for the long-term. Only recently they failed to sort out their 5-year land supply and had to allow hundreds of houses to be built anywhere, including in West Felton.

Shropshire Council is now in the process of updating their sites to meet the needs for the next plan period.

Strategically they are still failing to deliver affordable housing.