Shropshire is a large, rural and sparsely populated county with a population estimated at 317,500 (Source: ONS mid-year estimates, 2017), this gives a density of only 0.98 persons per hectare. Shropshire is the second largest inland county and one of the most rural places in the UK. Residents travel to work patterns across our porous borders indicate large numbers travelling to work in surrounding counties and into Wales. The Council will continue to encourage communities to support each other and find local solutions. Working with Town and Parish Councils to identify opportunities and develop local economies across Shropshire, centred on the market towns. The Council will continue to implement a place-based approach to optimise physical assets with our partners and deliver services to improve physical connectivity to the benefit of all those who live, study and work in Shropshire. Working across the business sectors which operate in rural areas to facilitate economic growth and appropriate housing for rural communities.

Creating the vision for our rural landscape and communities

Development of the Shropshire rural and community strategy
Meeting Target
30 Sep 19
100
 
Meeting Target

Rural housing

Number of affordable homes developed in rural communities
Monitoring
31 Mar 19
74
 
Monitoring

Transport

Development of Local Transport plan - version 4
Needs Improvement
30 Jun 19
75
 
Needs Improvement
Number of children receiving free school transport
Awaiting Data
 
 
 
Awaiting Data

Infrastructure

Increasing number of homes in rural communities with access to high speed broadband
Monitoring
31 Mar 19
64,786
 
Monitoring
Overall satisfaction with highways and transport in Shropshire
Monitoring
31 Dec 18
52.00
 
Monitoring
Road conditions - % of non principal classified roads where maintenance should be considered
Monitoring
31 Dec 18
12.00
 
Monitoring
Road conditions - % of principal classified roads where maintenance should be considered
Monitoring
31 Dec 18
4.00
 
Monitoring