Category: Ludlow

Redevelopment of Budgens set to go ahead after detailed plans submitted for retail units and apartments

Just before Christmas, plans were published for redevelopment of the former Budgens supermarket, which was previously a Co-op and Somerfield before that. It is currently derelict and the host of the Ludlow Art Mural Project. The redevelopment will have two retail units with nineteen apartments above. The design is a mixture of traditional and modern.

Plans to convert Castle Lodge in the heart of Ludlow into a boutique hotel are welcome

What to do with Castle Lodge? Standing on the corner of Dinham and Mill Street, the building has had a mixed history. Most recently it was museum of curiosities though much of what visitors saw having been brought in from antique sales and other buildings. Castle Lodge now needs a lot of work to bring it up to modern standards and meet fire regulations. That work will begin once planning permission is obtained to convert the building into a boutique hotel. I welcome this upmarket development. Bats in the attic. Ghosts in the bedroom. Jeeves to look after your car. Who could ask for more?

Hurrah! Ludlow Town Council to buy Sidney Road Green for a nominal sum and protect it forever

I became quite emotional as I walked home from Ludlow Town Council last night. My route took me across Sidney Road Green. The whole town has been trying to save this green space from development for five years. But five bungalows were approved and the green space was slated to be destroyed. Despite light pollution, I could see the outline of Taurus above the Norway Maple as I walked. As the ground began to freeze underfoot, I could imagine a great future for this space. More trees. Wildflower meadows. Bee corridors and more. This is no longer a figment of my imagination. Last night, Ludlow Town Council agreed to buy the green space from the housing association for the nominal sum of £1.

A post by Councillor Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow East. In 2014, Philip Dunne gave an awkward lecture to young people at Ludlow Youth Centre. He attempted to explain why he was backing Shropshire Council’s move to convert half of Ludlow Youth Centre into offices. It was a rare intervention by Dunne in Shropshire Council’s politics. It was disastrous for Ludlow’s young people. Since then, we have struggled. We no longer have the space and privacy in the Youth Centre we need for projects like Ludlow Young Health. Our budgets have been cut. From next April, we will be almost entirely on our own. The only services Shropshire Council is expecting to provide is outreach. Contacting young people on the streets. We already fund Ludlow Young Health locally. We will have to fund the junior youth club locally. We will probably have to pay for the Youth Centre. We…

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Seventy-one new homes approved at Fishmore Road Quarry in Ludlow

Shropshire Council planners have approved 71 new homes on the former quarry on Fishmore Road. This is a welcome scheme that will bring this long derelict eyesore into active use. The development by Shropshire Homes will be a mixture of semidetached and short terraces of houses, along with four blocks of apartments. It is probably the largest development approved in southwest Shropshire without first being considered by a planning committee. Property sizes will range from one bed apartments to three bed houses. The development lacks a play area and affordable housing, though three homes will be sold at a discount to market price.

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