Author: andybodders

Back to the future at Linney House as new application and threat lodged for four suburban detached houses

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. The attempt to build houses in the grounds of Linney House has become something of a saga. Initially plans were submitted for four detached suburban homes on this sensitive site back in 2012. That was reduced to three houses under pressure from council planners. That scheme gained permission in 2014 from a council under pressure from the government to approve housing. Three dwellings weren’t enough for the developer. In came a scheme for eight houses of a modern design in 2019. The design was good but the application ran into trouble from ecologists and conservationists. Now, plans have been submitted for four detached homes. They retain the modern design of the first 2019 application (19/05519/FUL).

Peter Nutting says he has “no intention” of selling Ludlow Assembly Rooms – we need better guarantees than that

It is always worth listening to what politicians say. And listening to it twice. This morning, Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting was questioned by Eric Smith on BBC Radio Shropshire. He said that reports of Shropshire Council selling Ludlow Assembly Rooms (LAR) were “tosh”. There is no intention of selling. Fair enough and good news. But “no intention” is not a guarantee. Shropshire Council has backed itself into a corner over LAR. It has only two options that will not cost it more money. Flogging the premises or allowing Ludlow to run South Shropshire’s premier cultural centre as agreed.

Ludlow Brewery is planning a veranda and balcony at the front of the building

It’s not the best view in the world. It overlooks the brewery car park, Aldi’s car park and the station car park. But there is little doubt that a balcony and a veranda with a servery at the front of the Ludlow Brewery, a former railway shed, will add to the capacity and functionality of one of Ludlow’s prime venues. The planning application (19/05500/FUL) needs to be looked at in detail. We need more information on how often and at what hours the balcony will be used. We need to consider the noise impact on nearby residences.

Two Ludlow Town Council councillors resign and Ludlow Town Council advertises for replacements

If you want to become a Ludlow Town Councillor, you have until 22 January to apply. This follows the resignations of Councillors Tony Mahalski and Nicola Paton. Their departures have created vacancies in two wards, Whitcliffe and Clee View. The rules for the applications are set out on the town council’s website. Ludlow Town Council achieves a lot for our town. It’s a voice for the people who live here. It makes grants to community groups. It maintains some of the town’s open spaces and play areas. It runs the market. It works hard to ensure that Ludlow’s voice is heard across Shropshire and beyond. Toilets and much more.

Ludlow Art Mural coming to the end of its life

The Ludlow Art Mural Project was an amazing initiative. The idea of a mural was born in a chat over a beer. A deal to paint the boards on the former Budgens was agreed in a shake of the hand when I met Robin Morris the developer. Morris Property paid for the scaffolding and paint. Shropshire Council provided youth support. The entire project went from first thoughts to completion in five weeks. Sometimes the discussion was stormy. That’s art and artists for you. Now with plans for new retail units and apartments submitted, the mural’s days are numbered.

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