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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Bid to remove Fishmore View footbridge from Bromfield Meadow housing plans

Tesni, the company that is planning to build 215 houses between Bromfield Road and the A49, has applied to remove the controversial foot and cycle bridge across the Corve to Fishmore View.

This action follows my requests on behalf of Fishmore View residents. They are concerned that their quiet cul de sac will become clogged with parked cars and become a through route if the bridge is built. We have until the end of the month to comment on the application, which I hope will be approved.

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Shropshire Council planners have responded to my article “Local planning is dead in Shropshire”

In my article on the decision to approve 215 homes off Bromfield Road last night, I said that I would be asking a question at the full Shropshire Council meeting on 17 December. This morning, the head of legal and democratic services said my question could not go to council. It should be answered by officers, not the planning portfolio holder. I now have a reply from the head of planning, Ian Kilby. He does not agree with my analysis that the approval of Bromfield Meadow blows apart our local plan, SAMDev. Here is what Ian said:

Shropshire Council did not defend SAMDev specifically at this appeal, because conflict with policy was not a reason for refusal, and consequently we were not given an opportunity to give evidence on this matter. Nevertheless, the relevant and most up-to-date information was put before the inspector for his consideration. Continue reading “Shropshire Council planners have responded to my article “Local planning is dead in Shropshire””

Local planning is dead in Shropshire after 215 houses and controversial footbridge are approved in Ludlow

I have long believed that the Bromfield Meadows housing scheme by Tesni homes would be approved. It seemed obvious from the moment the planning inspector opened the public inquiry into the plans that he would push the scheme through. That has proved to be the case.

In allowing the developer’s appeal against refusal of planning permission, the inspector said:

“[The scheme] would amount to a logical extension to the town and is to be regarded as sustainable development. Although controversial… the pedestrian and cycle accessibility of the appeal development would be further enhanced by the proposed Fishmore View bridge.”

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The Bromfield Meadows housing inquiry – tough, tedious and at times temperamental

My annoyance could not be hidden in my closing remarks to the public inquiry. The planning inspector was getting a bit annoyed with me too.

I had really had enough by then. The developer, Tesni, has been heavy handed in pursuing this development from day one. Their public consultation was minimal, limited to a letter drop of nearby houses and an online consultation that few people knew about.

They had insisted on an adversarial public inquiry not an inquisitorial hearing. An inquiry is much like a court case with barristers concentrating as much on legal rules to stop arguments being made as presenting a case for or against a development. A hearing is a round table discussion, tightly controlled but less concerned with rules than discovering the merits or otherwise of a development.

The inquiry was held, appropriately, in the Ludlow Room in Shirehall. To my left was the Tesni team – a planning barrister flanked by Tesni’s agent and transport consultant. To my right, two council planning officers. I had a desk of my own as a Rule 6 party – a legal status I had taken on to ensure my arguments were fully heard. I faced the inspector at the head of the room.

Behind me was the public gallery, occupied by Councillors Glen Ginger and Colin Sheward – they spoke well. Beside them was a reporter from the Shropshire Star and two of the Tesni team. Also – and this was a surprise – John Acre from Turley Associates and Michael Jones from Richborough Estates. They are the promoters of the Foldgate Lane development that was thrown out by council planners in September. Continue reading “The Bromfield Meadows housing inquiry – tough, tedious and at times temperamental”