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Farming, countryside protection and affordable housing up for debate at Bitterley meeting on 16 June

Farming, countryside protection and affordable housing will top the agenda at the next meeting of the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee on 16 June. Committee chair Councillor Andy Boddington says: “We are lucky live amid the glorious countryside of South Shropshire. People come here to visit and to retire because the Ludlow area has great beauty, great people and superb places to eat and drink. “We should never forget that this is a working landscape. We grow food on our beautiful fields. The countryside is full of small enterprises. Yet it increasingly hard for many people to find somewhere to live in rural areas, particularly if they are young and on a low income. “At the meeting on 16 June, we’ll be debating the future of farming, the problems of affordable housing and the future of the Shropshire Hills area of outstanding natural beauty.

Update 3 May 2015 There is good news from the area of outstanding natural beauty. Currently, the AONB is managed from within Shropshire Council. Two weeks ago, the members of the AONB Partnership unanimously agreed to pursue independence. That approach has now been supported by Shropshire Council. A threat to make the AONB manager redundant has been withdrawn. This is a good move. Both the Chilterns and Cotswolds AONBs are overseen by conservation trusts. These have proved to be strong, independent voices on behalf of the landscape and the people who live and work in it. Main article 16 April 2016 It is our task to look after our fragile planet and landscapes for future generations but at times this task is not easy. Take solar farms. They help us in our battle against climate change but can despoil precious landscapes. That’s why I am disappointed that a planning inspector…

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