Category: Planning

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.

Work begins on Foldgate Lane housing but its not a great start – 100 trees to come down this week

Contractors moved onto the Foldgate Lane site last Monday. They are setting up a construction compound ahead of felling more than 100 trees from tomorrow (Monday 9 December). A couple of dozen heavy trucks have already driven along Foldgate Lane to deliver stone, machinery and cabins. This is in breach of planning permission, which states clearly that the lane cannot be used for construction access. This is not an impressive start to this development which has been controversial from the moment the application was submitted. There is no need to fell over 100 trees along the A49 because an alternative access could be used. Officers have told Crest Nicholson that the tree trunks cannot be taken off site along Foldgate Lane.

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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