Poyner Close – affordable bungalow plans scrapped by housing group for open market bungalow

This is quite a surprising change. In March, Shropshire Housing Group (SHG) submitted an application for two social housing bungalows on Poyner Close, off Gravel Hill in Ludlow. These proposals received 14 objections, including from Ludlow Town Council.

Now, SHG – a social housing supplier – has rescinded the plans for the social bungalows, replacing them with a single bungalow for sale on the open market (17/01372/FUL).

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New plans for Sidney Road bungalows – the Norway Maple still gets the chop

Shropshire Housing Group has submitted new plans for bungalows on the green space on Sidney Road at the bottom of Charlton Rise. Under the revised proposals, there will be five bungalows rather than seven. They will be aligned with the existing bungalows and a greater area of green space will be retained. The Norway Maple, originally one of two, will be felled. All the bungalows will be social housing.

Six new trees will be planted. These will be Quercus robur ‘Koster’, a fastigiate variety of the common oak with upright branches.

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New developments on Linney housing schemes lack information

There have been two developments on planning applications for housing on the Linney in Ludlow Conservation Area.

One application for three houses has been approved, though there is little expectation these houses will be built rather than a further application submitted. I have never seen an application approved when the developer says it doesn’t want the scheme to be built. A second adjacent application for two homes has been substantially revised.

Neither application will deliver or pay a contribution towards the affordable housing this town desperately needs.

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Fishmore View footbridge finally gets formal approval to be removed from plans

Seven months after it was submitted, a planning application to delete plans for a footbridge over the Corve to Fishmore View has been formally approved. I don’t know what the delay was as we have known of the decision since the end of January. But it is good to have it confirmed in writing.

The officer report accompanying the decision gives full support to dropping the footbridge from the plans (16/04545/VAR). It questions the reasoning applied by the planning inspector who approved the housing scheme and is critical of his failure to consider the scale and visual impact of the bridge.

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