Category: Ludlow

The planning saga at Linney House takes a couple of new twists as developer appeals to planning inspectorate

Planning is often a tactical game. The property developer behind a series of applications to build houses on the garden of Linney House has asked the planning inspectorate to decide on his 2019 plans to build eight houses. That means this scheme cannot be determined by the Southern Planning Committee, though the committee will be asked what decision it might have made. At the same time, the developer has applied to start building an existing permission for three houses. James Hepworth has no intention of building this scheme. But he needs to dig some foundations to show that the development has commenced in legal terms, so that planning permission does not expire. If it does expire, he won’t be able to argue that the scheme for eight homes should go ahead because is better than the one that Shropshire Council has already approved. As I said, planning can be a…

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Pulling Together Ludlow is pulling Ludlow together at a time of need #coronavirus

Barely more than two weeks old, Pulling Together Ludlow has put together a fantastic operation to support the residents of our town during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been receiving 150 calls a week to its helpline (01584 817 250). There have been 2,000 views a week of its Facebook page, which now has over 1,100 members. Pulling Together Ludlow is a dedicated team of volunteers working flat out to cook meals, collect prescriptions, shop and befriend people. The team wants to give its thanks to all the businesses around town that have donated food and all the volunteers who are working to help Ludlow in these extraordinary times. I’ll Clap for Carers next Thursday night and I’ll be clapping for all the people working in Pulling Together Ludlow as well as our NHS staff, carers and essential workers.

Local to Ludlow to launch pop open air ‘market’ stall next Thursday, 9 April #coronavirus

Next Thursday 9 April, from 9am to 2pm, a pop up food shop will be in business outside the Local to Ludlow shop at Castle Square, Ludlow. That is just by the market. The stall will feature food and drink from many of the small independent traders we know well from the twice monthly Thursday Local to Ludlow markets. This will be a pilot open air stall where strict social distancing will apply. I hope people will drop by and buy. Many people will be able to walk to the market area, though some people from the outskirts will need to drive. If you do so, please use the occasion to pick up as much shopping and pharmaceuticals as you need for the days ahead to reduce travel. Buses are running to a very reduced timetable.

Rocks Green supermarket plan gets into trouble over trees and landscaping

Shropshire Council’s tree team has voiced its disapproval at the final design of the Rocks Green supermarket site (20/00840/REM). It says the scheme does not represent the best possible sustainable design because “the development fails to effectively protect restore and enhance the natural assets that are key to the character and amenity of the area.” The team is very critical of the limited space being provided for trees, saying there is a risk of overcrowding, poor growth and one in five trees dying. The store will be much bigger than originally proposed: 34,000 sq ft instead of the 25,000 sq ft originally approved. Despite a slight reduction in parking spaces from 225 to 219, the increased size of the supermarket has led to a cramped layout with little space for landscaping.

All Shropshire Council car parks are free from today. That includes all car parks in Ludlow. On-street car parking charges remain in place. We have plenty of space in our car parks now, so please observe social distancing rules. The butchers, bakers, fruit & veg merchant, convenience stores, health food stores and supermarkets are open, along with the pharmacies. All stores are implementing social distancing. Town centre stores are restricting the number of people who are within the building at any one time. The Co-op on Foldgate Lane is doing the same.

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