Application for eight homes at Linney House to go to Southern Planning Committee next Tuesday

Update: My statement to the planning committee. The Southern Planning Committee will meet online next Tuesday afternoon to decide on whether or not it supports the development of eight homes at Linney House. The site is on the banks of the Corve within Ludlow’s conservation area. The committee decision will only be advisory as the developer has already submitted an appeal to the planning inspectorate. But it is an important decision. Should we build schemes like this in Ludlow’s conservation area? Should we build in an area that is not identified for development in the local development plan, SAMDev? Shropshire Council planners are recommending that the planning committee indicates that it would have rejected the proposal. I don’t take it as given that committee members will accept this recommendation. If you want to address the committee, the deadline is 12 noon this Friday. In a virtual age, you must submit in writing.

We have been discussing the Rocks Green supermarket for six years – here’s a brief history of the planning saga

This morning I wrote about the latest application for a supermarket at Rocks Green. This is for a Sainsbury’s and an Argos. This post summarises the recent planning history of this site from 2014 to 2020. It has been six long years but now look likes it can be resolved within a few months. Work could start by the end of the year with a view to opening in the second half of 2021.

The future is orange – Sainsbury’s to build supermarket with Argos at Ludlow Rocks Green

First it was to be Lidl. Then Marks and Spencer. Now it has been announced that the supermarket at Rocks Green will be Sainsbury’s with an Argos. If the plans are approved, work on this site could begin this year and the store will open in the second half on 2021. The plans are an improvement on those previously submitted. The scheme is nearly one third smaller that that approved by the South Planning Committee in February 2017. On an initial reading of the documents, my main concern is the removal of rural greenery on the north east side of the Rocks Green roundabout. This has always been a soft green gateway to Ludlow. The proposed design would be much harsher and urban. Very much in your face. Viv Parry and I meet Blackfriars Developments and Sainsbury’s tomorrow to discuss details of the plans. We’ll want to know about the retail mix. Existing planning permission is for at least 75% convenience goods (daily shopping). The plans show an Argos on the site. I have no doubt this scheme will be approved as the scheme already has outline planning permission.

More Ludlow town buses run from today – we are asking you to lobby for a return to full service

It’s getting desperate on the buses. At the beginning of lockdown, the Ludlow town bus service was cut from 30 trips a day to six. The 701 and 722 services were combined. The park and ride service shuddered to a halt. The bus still served the Eco Park but there were no park and ride customers. Why would anyone want to use a service that was at best hourly and had a three hour gap over lunch. There is no park and ride service in the country that is so badly served. From today, Monday, there will be two extra runs on the single town bus route, at 11am and 4pm. That gives eight buses a day with a two hour gap at lunchtime. This is inadequate. It means the park and ride will still be unusable for visitors to our town. The low frequency still won’t serve the needs of residents. But I fear this will be the future of Ludlow bus services while Shropshire Council sees our town’s bus services as a cost not a public benefit. We are asking you to lobby Shropshire Council’s portfolio holder for transport, Steve Davenport, to get normal services reinstated. You can…

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