Shropshire Housing Group has submitted new plans for bungalows on the green space on Sidney Road at the bottom of Charlton Rise. Under the revised proposals, there will be five bungalows rather than seven. They will be aligned with the existing bungalows and a greater area of green space will be retained. The Norway Maple, originally one of two, will be felled. All the bungalows will be social housing.
Six new trees will be planted. These will be Quercus robur ‘Koster’, a fastigiate variety of the common oak with upright branches.
There is no text accompanying the revised drawings, so I can’t comment on why Shropshire Housing Group (SHG) has changed the plans.
Temporary tree protection orders protect the remaining trees. SHG can apply to have these lifted at any point. There is no legal protection on the green space. Town Green status cannot be applied for after a planning application has been submitted. The diagonal footpath that many of us use to cross the site is not a designated right of way. I don’t know if any application has been made under the under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to designate the footpath.
There is a designated footpath through the site. This passes through the existing bungalows. It should have been diverted when the Sidney Road estate was built around 50 years ago. There is no sense in this footpath being retained as it cannot be used.
There were four objections submitted to the previous plans, three from residents and one from Ludlow Town Council. Councillor Tracey Huffer has asked for the application to be decided by the South Planning Committee.
As a member of the planning committee, I intend not to comment on this application until it reaches committee.