Day: 25 June 2014

Members of the South Planning Committee yesterday asked for plans for up to 215 houses in Ludlow to be revised and clarified before they will consider granting outline planning permission. Referring plans for the site off the Bromfield Road back to officers, councillors said they wanted to know more about plans for a new roundabout on the A49. They were concerned about safety because the railway cuts through the site. They also spoke of their concerns that rainwater running off the roofs, roads and driveways of the new development will lead to flooding of existing houses in the town. The planning meeting had not started well. The planning committee had tried to visit the site in the morning. Council officers had contacted Network Rail for permission to cross the railway line near the leisure centre. Permission was refused. So the planning group, attended by the developers and members of the town council, did not at any point see the site in its entirety. Neither did they visit Fishmore View. This was another reason that committee wanted to defer the application. They are demanding to visit the site to view it in full. Under Shropshire Council’s constitution, I cannot vote on…

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25 June 2014 I am sorry that members were unable to see this site properly this morning. If you had, you would have seen that it comprises a large flat plateau, ideal you might think for housing. You would have seen that it falls away steeply to the River Corve. You would have seen why we are so concerned about flooding. If we had visited Fishmore View, you would have seen why residents are objecting so strongly to the footbridge over the River Corve. I feel rather sorry for the people who will live here. Those living to the east will suffer noise blight and air pollution from the A49. You saw a freight train pass this morning. They go past day and night. Noise erodes health but it is not immediately dangerous. The River Corve is often dangerous. It frequently floods the green space that is proposed between the housing and the river.

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