Newport Boundary Review

What is the boundary Review?

Newport Town Council want to reconsider the southern portion of the parish boundary of Newport in order to match the ward boundary set by Telford and Wrekin.

Why do we want a review?

Newport and much of its adjacent hinterland has recently been the subject or is currently the subject of a number of large scale planning applications.  Many of the applications to the South of the Town are actually in neighbouring parishes (Church Aston and Chetwynd Aston & Woodcote). When some of the new homes are occupied they will be, from the perspective of Telford & Wrekin Council, in Newport South & West Ward but from a parish perspective they will be in the parish of Chetwynd Aston & Woodcote; a confusing set of circumstances.

Newport Town Council consider that there is intrinsic worth in considering extending the boundary of Newport as identified on the “illustrated map”. (Terms of Reference Annex 1)

In addition certain landscape settings and features lend themselves to be natural boundary points, namely the A41 and A518. 



The dark red area is the area in discussion.

 It is customary for settlements to build from the centre outwards, until it reaches its boundary. In the case of Chetwynd Aston & Woodcote – it appears that the developments are being built from the outside in (i.e. from the Newport Boundary).  The separation in parishes is rapidly disappearing (and this already evident in the case with Church Aston).

Newport Town Council submit the following cogent discussion and reasoning for consideration as to implementing the Community Governance Review:-

Change, will make clear and provide clarity to the public perception of the area which represents the “Town” of Newport. Church Aston residents live closer to the High Street than some residents of Newport. With the current planning proposals this will also apply to more than half of the residents of Chetwynd Aston & Woodcote.

Adjustment, can facilitate and provide delivery of services and amenities for future residents. Participation in community events for those that live within the boundary of the A41 /A518 bypass will likely gravitate towards Newport, they do not have their own sports teams or sports grounds, many enquires about public services will be directed to The Newport Town Council in the High Street and not to the Clerks and Councils of the small neighbouring parishes in which their properties lie and they live.

Deliver, a boundary that is consistent with Telford & Wrekin Borough Council Wards – representing future residents, leading to better democracy.

Provide: a Cohesive and integrated community, with sense of community and belonging.

What stage are we at?

May 2018

Telford and Wrekin have received a valid petition from Newport Town Council. They believe there are some merits in moving the boundary:


Matches the public’s perception of what Newport is.

The ability to properly represent and provide services to future residents within that boundary.

Consistency with the Telford and Wrekin borough wards.

The B518 and the A41 serve as natural boundaries.

    For further information:

    Contact your local councillors on the councillors’ page on this website.


Newport Boundary Review
Electoral Services Team
Telford and Wrekin Council
4th Floor, Addenbrooke House
Ironmasters Way