Month: March 2017

Wem planning appeal decision shows why Shropshire Council should have fought Foldgate Lane decision

A planning appeal decision for housing in Wem earlier this week shows that Shropshire Council could have won a judicial review over the aberrant decision to approve 137 houses off Foldgate Lane. The council has never given strong reasons for not going to court. It has refused to publish the legal advice it received. I think it would have gone to court if Foldgate Lane had been further north in the county. The lead cabinet member and senor officers did not even bother to visit Foldgate Lane before making their decision.

Friar’s Walk housing plans may be too disruptive to be built

In December, developers submitted plans for a pair of semidetached houses on Friars Walk. I am not against this scheme in principle. But I don’t think it can be constructed without considerable disturbance of residents. It may well be that the level of disruption is so high that this scheme should not be built. I have asked for a construction management plan for this site but it has not been produced. For this reason, I have formally objected to this scheme.

Ludlow’s second petrol filling is at last coming – it will be cheaper and could open by October

There are two major complaints about petrol and diesel in Ludlow. The Co-op is expensive and motorists have to suffer long queues. Now, Applegreen is coming to Bromfield Road in Ludlow. The petrol station and store could be open by October. This could not be better timed given the chaos caused by the Co-op suddenly reducing its opening hours.

Ludlow Co-op will be opening later for some time after planning permission error – updated

It is likely to be a several weeks before the Co-op returns to early morning opening – at 6am Monday to Saturday and 7am on Sunday. Current planning permission for the store restricts opening time to 7am, 8am on Sunday. Midcounties Co-op will need to apply for new planning permission before the opening hours can be extended. It is pretty unbelievable that Midcounties Co-op did not know it needed planning permission to extend its hours.

The Midcounties Co-op on Foldgate Lane – formerly Harry Tuffins – has reduced its opening hours. It will open one hour later, from 7am Monday to Saturday and from 8am on Sunday. This is the only petrol station in town and many people need to get away before 7am in the morning. So, woe betide you if you fail to top up after a long day at work or commuting. You won’t be able to fill your tank or grab a bacon butty to sustain you on your journey. This move is also likely to increase the queues for the petrol pumps at the Co-op.

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