Historic England puts its boot in to plans for a garage on the Linney below the Castle

Developments at the top of the Linney are in the shadow of Ludlow Castle, St Lawrence’s church and the town walls. This historic context means that any application, no matter how small, needs great scrutiny. The planning application to build a garage for Drawbridge House has come under scrutiny from national heritage watchdog, Historic England. It has objected to the planning application saying does not conform to national planning rules and legislation.

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Welcome improvements planned for former HSBC bank building on the Bullring

Applications have been submitted to replace the ugly length of frontage at 10 Bullring with a traditional shop front. The intention is that the former bank will become a shop. There is no information on whether a retailer has been secured for the building and it is still advertised for let.

These plans look good to me. They will remove an eyesore from one of our historic streets.

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Proposed new signage for The Wheatsheaf will damage the historic character of Lower Broad Street

Pubco and brewer Marston’s is applying to replace the signage on The Wheatsheaf with modern signs. They would suit any clone town centre anywhere in England. They do not suit historic Ludlow and will damage the historic character of Lower Broad Street.

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Hope House in Ludlow is planning a new shopfront – its good news

I quite like the current signage for Hope House but it is the wrong design for a historic thoroughfare. It is simply too bright and busy for King Street. Now the children’s hospice charity has produced a subdued design for the shopfront and has applied for listed building consent (16/05781/LBC). This is much more suited for the location than the existing sign and I will be supporting the application.

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Rumours of Ludlow Wetherspoon quashed as clothes and bears company moves into Legion

Update 9 10 October 2016

I have objected to scheme because the details are not right.

I do not object to the change of use. But I am not convinced by the plan to paint the Victorian frontage mid-grey. The buildings of Mill Street are all light coloured. Dour grey, though currently fashionable, would look out of place. A stone colour might be more suitable. The British Legion sign should be saved and given to the Museum or Museum Resource Centre. There is no need for an illuminated sign on an already well-lit street.

I am disappointed that the company’s agents have not been able to meet me to discuss my concerns but we are trying to arrange a telephone conversation.

Main article 25 September 2016

I have lost track of how many times I have been told that the Wetherspoon pub chain is coming to Ludlow. When Woolworths closed, the gossips were certain that a Wetherspoon would open up any day. We got a Spar instead. When plans were touted to rebuild One Stop on Tower Street, the quidnuncs of Ludlow said it could only be a Wetherspoon. It won’t be.

And when the British Legion on Mill Street closed, the chatter in the bars of Ludlow was that Wetherspoon was at last on its way to Ludlow. Alas for those that enjoy the cheap beer and food upon which J.D. Wetherspoon has built its reputation, along with inconvenient upstairs toilets, the Legion will not become a pub.

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