Day: 14 October 2020

Castle View Terrace housing plan meets objections over open space and tree loss from council’s tree officers

Shropshire Council’s tree team has been reviewing the plans for six terraced homes and a bungalow on the meadow on Castle View Terrace. Using the language of planning, the team says it is “unable to agree that the development as proposed represents sustainable development.” That is a call to planners to insist on changes to the scheme or reject it. The tree team is a consultee. It will be down to planners or the Southern Planning Committee to decide whether the scheme goes ahead or not. The local community have offered to buy the land from Shropshire Homes. That would be the best way forward for the site rather pursuing a development that no one in Ludlow wants.

Historic England recommends Shirehall should not be listed paving the way for its demolition and sale

Yesterday, Historic England issued a decision on the listing of Shirehall on Abbey Foregate. The secretary of state has decided not to list the 1960s civic building. He has said he is minded refusing a certificate of immunity to prevent the building being demolished but that is now a technicality unless there is a legal challenge to the refusal of listing. The decision will clear the way for the 10-acre site to be cleared for housing and Shropshire Council can put the money towards its shopping centres which very soon will have absorbed more than £60 million of public money. That money could have provided at least 250 social homes. But the council leadership is saddled with the centres which are only worth two-thirds of the money the council paid for them three years ago and that is its priority for spending.   Update: After I published this post the Twentieth Century Society published an article supporting the listing of Shirehall.

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