Shrewsbury Vision: facilitating a shared future

30 September 2009 | blog, small towns, strategy

Shrewsbury Vision Workshop
Shrewsbury is a recognised Growth Point with plans for 6,000 new homes plus new economic infrastructure by 2026. The changed relationships arising from local government reorganisation – whereby Shrewsbury now falls under the administration of the single tier Shropshire Council – provide an important opportunity to reflect among key parties on a Future Shrewsbury Vision.

The LDF planning process is working through Core Strategy Issues and Options Stage, with a view to proceeding to adoption around March 2011. Work has already been done by some of the local business community on thinking about the future, and there is a diverse range of aspirations for the future. Kevin Murray Associates were appointed by Shropshire Council to operate in a neutral, creative facilitation role – with a good knowledge of contemporary urbanism (supplied by WMUD) – to help explore, facilitate and develop an aspirational, yet consensual future Vision for Shrewsbury. This role is needed to work across different sectors and groups – and to do so in a manner that is fair and independent.
Shrewsbury Vision Strategic Diagram
The study was carried out through a series of workshops, followed by the production of a Vision document that draws on the workshops and relates to contemporary good practice. The Vision document will feed into the LDF/Core Strategy process, and into the Masterplan Development Framework process for the town.

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.