Month: September 2015

Just a day after the proposed ‘hobbit house’ on the Linney was refused planning permission, council planners have refused permission for a modern house at 81A Corve Street (15/01251/FUL). I said when the application was submitted: The proposal is a perfect horror that will cause significant harm to the conservation area and the setting of historic buildings. It must be rejected… I cannot see any way that this application can be improved. The applicants need to go back to the drawing board.

‘Hobbit House’ on Ludlow’s Linney refused planning permission – updated

Update: 29 January 2016 In September, planners from Shropshire Council refused permission for an earth dwelling on the Linney. Now Andrew Badlan has appealed to the planning inspectorate in an attempt to get the decision overturned. The appeal will be dealt with by written representations. Previous objections have been passed to the planning inspectorate. New or revised objections should lodged via the Appeals Casework Portal (ref APP/L3245/W/15/3141221). Deadline 3 March 2016. Main article: 23 September 2015 A proposal for a single house adjacent to the castle on the Linney has been refused planning permission (15/00459/FUL). The proposed development has been given the nickname ‘hobbit house’ by the press because it would have been partially buried. However, it was a development in the setting of Ludlow Castle. That proved to be its downfall. The plans had received objections from the Ludlow Conservation Area Advisory Committee, Ludlow town council, Historic England, Shropshire Council’s historic environment team and myself. Now Shropshire Council’s planners have formally rejected the scheme. My initial view was that this was an interesting and innovative scheme. However, when we looked at it in detail, we found that the scheme protruded towards the tennis courts more than first thought and…

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Shropshire Council backtracks – for now – on arts funding cuts

Shropshire Council has executed a partial U-turn on its cuts to funding for arts and festivals across the county. This is welcome. In a statement to BBC Radio Shropshire, the council said: We are now reconsidering our position in relation to this matter. We recognise the importance of the arts sector and the additional value they bring and wish to engage and consult more fully with them in the coming weeks on this matter.

Devolution from central government is set to happen across England but not in Shropshire

Amid all the gloom about funding cuts, there is a sense of excitement in the air around local government about new powers being promised by ministers. Communities minister Greg Clark is an advocate of devolution of powers from central government, as is George Osborne. At first, it was thought that this project would just apply to the big cities – Manchester has led the way taking on responsibility for transport, housing, health and social care. It was also expected that devolution would only apply to areas with elected mayors but the House of Lords amended the Devolution Bill to removed this condition. Cornwall broke the mould by getting powers devolved to a rural county without a mayor. The list of bidders to the government for devolved powers has now been published. It is no surprise that Sheffield and Liverpool are in there. Telford and Wrekin has also submitted a bid. And Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Cheshire and Warrington. Our county is surrounded by bidders. But our county leaders didn’t bid, either in collaboration with a neighbour or on its own. This shows the lack of vision of the current administration in Shirehall. It is obsessed by the mantra of cut, cut,…

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