Category: Planning

Linney House appeal for eight houses dismissed – decision strengthens the case against housing at Castle View Terrace

On Thursday, a government planning inspector rejected a scheme for eight homes in the grounds of Linney House. The decisions a vindication for Shropshire Council’s planners and its tree team. They have been under a lot of pressure from the developer throughout but have stood their ground. For a scheme of at most eight homes, they have had to put in as much effort as might be expected for a supermarket application. The inspector’s reasoning also strengthens our hope that the Castle View Terrace housing scheme will also be rejected at appeal. The inspector was clear that we have enough housing being built in Ludlow and don’t need more, especially housing that flies in the face of the local plan.

Hedges are being cleared, trees are being felled for housing – we must have better regreening schemes

“The first act of any developer is to ransack the countryside and cut everything down.” That’s typical of many comments I have received recently from people concerned about the impact new developments are having on the hedgerows and trees around the edge of our town. This is quite a new phenomenon as Ludlow has tended to approve developments rather than get them built. Now, we have work beginning again on Foldgate Lane, the Sainsbury’s supermarket storming ahead and housing being built south of Rocks Green. Preparation work is also underway on Sheet Road and that had led a new round of complaints and enquiries. We are allowing developers to get away with too much and are failing to demand ambitious regreening schemes.

New plans submitted for apartments and retail units on the signature Budgens site

New plans have been submitted by Morris Property for the former Budgens site. They are the same in principle as the previous plans, with two retail units on the ground floor and nineteen apartments above with communal and private terraces. There have been several changes in design. The building will of a modern design throughout using traditional materials over a steel frame with high levels of thermal efficiency. This design is a considerable improvement on the unused Budgens store. It will also boost trade in the Galdeford Tower area. As always, these plans will need to be studied in detail.

Harp Lane Deli applies for awning – its plans for tables and a gazebo need more discussion

One of Ludlow’s favourite delis has applied for Listed Building Consent for an awning to cover the seated area (20/05073/LBC).  Harp Lane Deli at 4 Church Street has also applied for five tables with chairs and a gazebo. The proposal is in part a response to Covid-19 restrictions. The restriction to two customers in the store at a time has damaged profitability. This is an application that is right in principle but needs further discussion on the details.

Castle View Terrace housing thrown out by planning officers but no deal on community purchase yet

In a significant victory for those who battle to keep the character of Ludlow intact, council officers have rejected a proposal for six homes (initially seven) on the much loved and well used meadow on Castle View Terrace. One of the main reasons for rejecting the scheme is that we have approved more than enough houses in Ludlow. This decision is also important because the loss of open space is central to the planners’ reason for rejection. Ludlow’s community has made a reasonable offer for the land of £130,000. That should cover the developer’s land purchase and design costs. But Shropshire Homes wants £250,000 to recompense for lost profits as well as well as costs. Those profits are imaginary. The scheme has been thrown out, Shropshire Homes should now cut its losses and do a deal with Ludlow.

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