New development sites for Shropshire – housing proposals for Ludlow, Ludford and the area

Shropshire Council expects to build 28,750 new homes between 2016 and 2036. Of these, 1,175 will be built in Ludlow (including Ludford), Clee and Burford. After existing permissions and site allocations are considered, we are looking at space for another 268 homes by 2036.

But there is a caveat to that. If any of the existing permissions and allocations is not built, we will have to find extra sites. Or we could find sites imposed on us by the planning inspectorate.

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Shropshire Council is about to consult on new homes and employment areas for Ludlow and the county

Next Wednesday, the council’s cabinet is to consider a public consultation on plans for housing and employment development across Shropshire. The plans include a new garden settlement on the outskirts of Bridgnorth and around 8,000 new homes new Shrewsbury. The Shropshire Star has a report. In Ludlow, there is not a great deal of change from existing plans though Ludford will need to provide more land for employment.

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Foldgate Lane housing development runs into trouble over tree felling

Plans for 137 homes off Foldgate Lane, in the final stages of approval, have hit a snag over plans to fell trees along 450 metres of the A49. This was not part of the original application and is a response to Highways England’s demands that there is adequate visibility on the main entrance to the site off the A49. The plans have been queried by Shropshire Council planning officers. They have also met strong objections from the council’s tree specialist.    

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Desiccation and damage threaten wildlife at Shropshire Council’s Eco Park in Ludlow

I visit Ludlow’s Eco Park almost every day. It should be Ludlow’s flagship business area but I am growing angry about the lousy way that Shropshire Council manages the site for safety and for wildlife.

The main ecological problem right now is the drying out of the main flood water retention pond. Shropshire Council is making water retention worse by mowing around the pond as though it is in a suburban housing estate. The next problem may sound minor. It’s a hole in the fence surrounding the pond. But that allows dogs into the wildlife area.

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