Revised plans submitted for 67 homes at Fishmore Quarry – they are more a tweak than a rethink and need improving

Shropshire Homes has submitted a new set of plans for 67 homes on the old Quarry site on Fishmore Road (19/02060/REM). The only significant change is that a block of apartments has been moved from Fishmore Road to the back of the site. They are swopped with two pairs of semi-detached houses. Three additional car parking spaces will be created, upping the total to 131. Of these, eighteen will have direct access onto Fishmore Road disrupting the current parking bay.

This site is heavily constrained by its topography above and below ground. This makes it more difficult than most to develop. But I don’t think the design is yet right. The direct access from car parking onto Fishmore Road undesirable on a busy road and will take out the spaces on the on street parking bay. There is little publicly accessible open space and no play area.

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Final planning application submitted for 67 houses on Fishmore Road quarry

Shropshire Homes has submitted a detailed planning application for 67 dwellings, including four blocks of three-storey apartments on the former quarry site on Fishmore Road (19/02060/REM). This follows outline approval for 74 dwellings on the site granted in February 2019.

The site layout is heavily constrained by the former quarry, its mudstone cliffs and a buried quarry face – which the developer calls the “High Wall”. Because the ground above the High Wall could subject to movement, it will be a car parking area.

This site needs developing and it is good to have plans come forward, especially as many of the homes are small.

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Approval given for 74 homes in former quarry on Fishmore Road – no affordable housing but small homes to buy

This application has taken a long time to get approval but earlier this week Shropshire Council gave outline planning permission for 74 houses and apartments in the former brick quarry. There will no affordable homes on site and the developer will only have to pay affordable housing contribution if profits from the site are higher than expected. This is because of the costs of providing a retaining wall to protect the development from the quarry face and decontaminating the site. Nearly half the homes will be two-bedroom.

This is only outline permission. The developer now has three years to submit a full application (called reserved matters in planning jargon).

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Plans submitted for 74 houses on Fishmore Road, Ludlow – but there is no provision for affordable housing

Willsgrove Developments have submitted an outline application to build 74 houses on the former quarry site on Fishmore Road (16/03096/OUT). The plan is for a mix of homes and apartments. It is on the right lines for what we need on this site.

This site should be developed. It is suitable for a high density of housing, even though that will increase traffic along Fishmore Road. It is a sustainable location within walking distance of the town centre, though it lacks a nearby bus route.

If these plans are approved, there will be no affordable housing provided. The site plans also lack sufficient sustainable drainage and I am not happy with play area provision.

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New housing plans for former quarry site on Fishmore Road, Ludlow

Plans are being drawn up for 75 homes on the derelict quarry site on Fishmore Road. The developer, Willsgrove Developments, has been consulting before submitting an outline application to Shropshire Council. The plan is for a mix of homes and apartments and it looks pretty good.

The plans were considered by Ludlow Town Council last week. I was unable to attend the meeting but I understand they were received favourably. I also take a favourable view.

Overall, this as a good and welcome scheme. This site needs to be developed and the sooner the better. But there are a number of details and some pedestrian safety concerns that will need to be addressed.

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