Breaking… Controversial Stone House plans withdrawn – new scheme announced tomorrow – come along

I wasn’t expecting this. Yesterday, I made clear my opposition to the current plans to redevelop the former council office site at Stone House on Corve Street. This morning I has a call from Purcell, the developer. It turns out they have been working on a new scheme for the last few weeks.

The previous proposals have been scrapped. The latest plan is to build 40 retirement apartments in a block that has the same footprint as the former council offices. I haven’t seen any details yet, but I am hopeful that the new scheme will address the concerns of residents on Station Drive and the objections from Historic England. A public presentation of the revised plans will be made at a town council meeting tomorrow evening.

I have arranged to meet Purcell to discuss the latest plans tomorrow afternoon. Shortly afterwards, the scheme will be discussed at the Ludlow Conservation Area Advisory Committee. Purcell can expect a detailed critique of the how the new plans respect the Grade II* listed Stone House and the Ludlow conservation area. As far as I am aware, LCAAC is not a public meeting.

Then the roadshow moves on to the town council. The Representational Committee meets at 7pm. This is the council’s planning committee (and I don’t know why they don’t call it that). This meeting is open to the public and Purcell will be giving another presentation. So, if you are concerned about or interested in the plan for redeveloping this important site, please come along at 7pm to the Guildhall.

I’ll publish more details of the revised plans when I have them.

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