Philip Dunne’s intervention in the Commons on Mortimer Forest cabins could kill the scheme

The row over the proposed development of 68 holiday cabins in the Mortimer Forest shows no sign of going away. A planning application was expected in June but we have yet to see it.

I wasn’t planning to write on this again until that application was submitted. But the intervention yesterday of our MP, Philip Dunne, is worth sharing. In response a question, from Philip, Thérèse Coffey, minister for woods and trees, said the government wasn’t at all happy with the cosy commercial arrangement between commercial cabin builder Forest Holidays and the publicly owned Forestry Commission.

I doubt this will kill the scheme but I hope it will.

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It’s Rural Housing Week – Shropshire Council must commit to building more affordable and smaller housing

“Housing is the first social service.”[1] But Shropshire’s housing statistics make an uncomfortable read. They suggest we are not providing the housing social service our residents need.[2]

It’s Catch 22 here in Shropshire. Over the years, we have built homes that are larger than average. That means that four in ten homes in the county have two or more spare bedrooms. Many older people would like to downsize but they can’t find suitable smaller housing in the villages and market towns they live in. That in turn means that growing families can’t move into bigger homes. The shortage of smaller houses means that younger people cannot afford homes near where they live and work. It also pushes up rents and prevents people getting onto the housing ladder.

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Solar farm at Henley Hall puts in a bid to be in place forever (then withdraws bid)

This application was withdrawn by the applicant on 13 June. No reason was given other than “unexpected circumstances”. If the application had gone ahead and had been approved, the site would have become classified as brownfield land, allowing it to be developed as housing or other uses at a later date. For that reason, it was unlikely to have been approved by Shropshire Council. Continue reading “Solar farm at Henley Hall puts in a bid to be in place forever (then withdraws bid)”

Detailed plans for houses Foldgate Lane submitted by Crest Nicholson – they are good but need improvement

The saga of the proposals for 137 homes on Foldgate Lane has been a long and difficult one. The final proposals have now been submitted. Overall, they look good. There some details to be resolved and some to challenge. These include access arrangements to Foldgate Lane and public transport.

Putting aside that this development being in the wrong place and the problems of access, this application for detailed planning permission has been well put together. The housing is at a low density and the layout is spacious and green. One quarter of the housing will be affordable.

Permission for this development cannot and will not be refused. Our task now is to improve its sustainability.

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Three bungalows planned for Whitefriars off Henley Road, Ludlow

McCartneys has submitted plans for three open market bungalows on the former Daycoft builders yard and workshop off Henley Road, at the back of 28 & 29 Whitefriars. The site will include parking for two cars at each bungalow and a native hedgerow on the south boundary.

The site has had planning permission since 2009, most recently for two terraced houses. This brownfield site needs developing and bungalows are much in demand in Ludlow. I cannot see any objection to this proposal.

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