Son of Saxon to open ‘Victorian pub’ in Ludlow’s High Street

Sandwiched between Walls the butchers and the kebab shop, the former Forest Dog Rescue charity shop at 13 High Street looks forlorn and neglected. Now the 18th century building is about to get a makeover and open as a three room Victorian style pub.

This is another project from Son of Saxon – Jon Saxon’s operation that has brought us The Dog Hangs Well at 14 Corve Street and the Ludlow Ledger.

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Proposed new signage for The Wheatsheaf will damage the historic character of Lower Broad Street

Pubco and brewer Marston’s is applying to replace the signage on The Wheatsheaf with modern signs. They would suit any clone town centre anywhere in England. They do not suit historic Ludlow and will damage the historic character of Lower Broad Street.

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We should merge Ludford & Ludlow councils if plans for housing south of Rocks Green are to succeed

Next Wednesday, Claremont Planning Consultancy is to present their outline plans for 200 homes south of Rocks Green to Ludlow Town Council. The development is in Ludford parish. The town council has little to no influence over the development. Most future development is expected to be in Ludford, not Ludlow. We need to merge Ludford and Ludlow councils to ensure that the future of our town is planned coherently.

Here is what we know so far on the application, followed by my comments of getting planning better organised for Ludlow.

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Two new houses planned for the historic Bullring, Ludlow

The Bullring is one of Ludlow’s most historic streets. So where, I hear you cry can you put two new houses? Behind Matt Fothergill’s leather shop is the answer.

Matt has applied to permission to build a pair of semidetached. two-bedroom houses at the back of his shop at 18 Bullring. The site already has planning permission for a single, three-bedroom house.

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Cost of residents parking in central Ludlow is set to double under Shropshire Council plans

Many people in and adjacent to Ludlow town centre purchase parking permits from Shropshire Council to allow them to park on-street. This currently costs £50 a year.

Yesterday, Shropshire Council’s cabinet agreed a consultation on new plans for car park and on-street parking charges. If it sticks to its plans after the consultation, the cost of residents parking permits will double to £100 a year. Residents will not be happy with that hike. They will, though, be able to park in town centre car parks, all day and seven days a week for between £4 and £12 a week.

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