Yesterday, Shropshire Council gave full planning permission for 68 homes and outline planning permission for up a further 132 dwellings east of the Ludlow A49 bypass at Rocks Green. The first phase of the scheme includes twelve affordable homes.
The scheme by J Ross Developments is expected to accommodate up to 200 homes (17/05189/FUL). It will be built in three phases. The first now has full planning permission has 68 homes, four fewer than originally proposed. Twelve homes on the west of the site will be affordable (18%). This is an increase from the ten affordable homes initially proposed following the intervention of the South Planning Committee last March.
Last March, housebuilder Pickstock Homes said it wanted to start building the first phase by the end of 2018, so we might expect work to begin quickly. It will take two to three years to complete. Planning laws decree that work on the first phase must begin within three years of the date of permission. That can mean as little as getting a bulldozer in for a day but I think there is a real commitment to this site.
Phases two and three extend the development to the south. A detailed application for the second phase must be submitted to council planners within four years. The third phase must be submitted within seven years. It was always expected that, given the Ludlow housing market, the build out of this site will be slow. But at least there is a sign that we might get housing built. The affordable housing is very welcome and very much needed.
The site is accessed from the A4117, initially via a T-junction. Land has been reserved for a future roundabout for later phases or continued development to the south.
A link road threads through the site. Ultimately, it will join up with a road between Sheet Village and the Eco Park. There is vague talk of a masterplan for the whole area east of the bypass. This is required urgently. People can no more hold back housing development than they can the tide. So, we must plan for development properly. Right now we are adding bits onto Ludlow one chunk at a time. We need a spatial vision for the long-term future but that is missing both locally and in Shirehall.