More than 30,000 houses are set to be built across the county in the next 18 years under Shropshire Council’s latest development blueprint.

The new local plan is expected to be adopted in early 2022, and sets out where homes and business sites should be constructed up until 2038.

Some towns and villages are set to see major expansions through the allocation of large areas of land for hundreds of properties, while others will see more modest growth through small scale schemes.

The council’s cabinet will meet on Monday to sign off the latest draft of the plan, which lists the sites earmarked for significant development along with a raft of new planning policies.

It will then go out to a final round of public consultation before being presented to the full council for approval to submit it for government examination.

In Whitchurch, around 1,600 houses and 20 hectares of employment land.

Several significant developments are planned, including 200 homes on land north of Chester Road.

A further 180 will be built on land north of Waymills, along with 70 on a site off Liverpool Road.

The village of Prees will see 170 new houses built, including 35 on land north of Tudor House.

In Wem, around 600 houses and six hectares of employment land.

A site is allocated for 120 houses to the west of Lowe Hill Road, next to a piece of land already earmarked for 100 properties.

Land off Whitchurch Road is allocated for 60 houses, along with a site off Trentham Road for 30.

Nearby Shawbury has a housing target of 150, of which 80 will be built on a new site identified to the south of the village off Poynton Road.

Around 125 houses will be built in Hadnall – including 40 on land south of Wedgefields Close – and 30 will be built in Clive.

In Ellesmere, around 800 houses and eight hectares of employment land. Most development will be to the south of the town, between Scotland Street and the canal.

This includes previously allocated pieces of land for an 18 hectare leisure and tourism site and 250 houses, along with a new site for 170 houses.

Nearby Dudleston Heath is expected to grow by around 60 houses, of which 20 will be built at the former Ravenscroft Haulage site which was already allocated for housing.