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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Plans for 18 houses on Fishmore Road, Ludlow rejected by Shropshire Council on grounds of poor design

Council planning officers have rejected plans for 18 semidetached homes on the site of the former Whittle bus depot on Fishmore Road. They describe the proposed housing as bland and cramped. Some of the houses would be overshadowed by the quarry face and the site would have a lack of amenity space. This is a comprehensive dismissal of the scheme by planning officers and I doubt any appeal to the planning inspectorate would succeed. This is an eyesore brownfield site that needs to be developed but this was not the right scheme. Clutton Homes failed to respond to requests from planning officers to improve the scheme.

Outline planning permission for an indicative twenty homes on the site remains in place (14/02846/OUT).

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Plans for housing on former Whittle bus depot in Ludlow need a lot of improvement

Autumn Fields is to be the name of a development of 18 detached and semidetached homes if plans for the former Whittle bus depot in the former quarry on Fishmore Road gets planning permission. The site already has outline permission for up to 20 homes.

There is no issue in principle with the development of this site and I welcome these plans from Wellington based housebuilder Clutton Homes. However, currently it is proposed that five houses will have access from Fishmore Road. Given the traffic on Fishmore Road, it would be better for all the houses to have access from within Autumn Fields. The proposal to provide zero affordable housing because of the future costs of maintaining the rock face also needs to be challenged. There are no plans for sustainable drainage.

This is application is a good start but much more work is needed to get this development right for Ludlow and to meet planning policies. If changes can’t be agreed, the application should be determined by the South Planning Committee.

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