The new application for three houses at Linney House is proving somewhat troubled (17/00230/FUL). Both the Environment Agency and Shropshire Council’s tree service have objected. They join local objectors, the town council and myself. The tree officer said the application is “retrograde” and is not sustainable. It is also outside the Ludlow’s development boundary as defined in the local plan, SAMDev.
A new but not revised application has been made for three houses and garages at Linney House (17/00230/FUL). The applicant says: “The intention of the application to secure a consent for a further 3-years to facilitate on-going negotiations with the Council to secure an alternative scheme for this sensitive site.”
I don’t think this is the right approach. The developer should either get on with building or submit a completely new application. In any event, this new application must be determined from scratch. In the light of current planning policy, I can’t see any reason for approving it.
Ludlow has suffered serious damage from flooding over the years. The floods of 2007 swept away Burway Bridge and an adjacent house. There has been a lot of work to improve Ludlow’s flood resilience since then.
This does not mean that Ludlow is free from flood risk. Rapidly rising rivers and flash flooding from fields and roads still pose a threat. Our climate is changing and deluges of rain are becoming more common. Ludlow is expanding with several hundred new homes expected to be built in the next ten years. As public funds run short, management of river banks and waterways is being reduced. This can only increase flood risk.
Ludlow, as we know, has been prone to flooding over the years. For some while, we had a local flood forum but this stopped meeting after memories of the 2007 floods faded and the new unitary authority was established.
We are now proposing to re-establish a flood forum under the umbrella of the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee. We will be holding an initial meeting on 19 April, 5pm at The Foyer, Marston’s Mill. Everyone is welcome.
Update – 10 January 2016
Viv Parry and I had a site meeting on Saturday. We agreed to look at getting a lock up bunker made in the style of the Ludlow in Bloom boxes with perhaps some trellis at the back. We’ll have a look at the feasibility of this. If it looks a viable idea, we’ll talk to all the residents on Lower Corve Street before doing anything.
We have also met with highways officers. We have made it clear that we don’t people to drive to Craven Arms to get sandbags. People should not have to leave their homes when there is a risk of flood and in a flood event it might not be safe to drive 20 miles.
We have also been looking at longer term issues. I’ve asked Shropshire Council’s flood officer if he’ll come to a public meeting in Ludlow to brief people on how best to protect their homes and to advertise the free property flood assessment provided by Shropshire Council. I hope he will also brief us on the Slow the Flow project being run in conjunction with Shropshire Wildlife Trust. This scheme aims to hold back water upstream and the project is currently working in the catchment of the Sefton Brook, a tributary of the Teme, and the Battlefield Drain.
Main article – 4 January 2016
It has been a terrible and torrid time in northern areas of our country. Storm after storm has poured unprecedented levels of rain on saturated landscapes. Homes and dreams have been wrecked by the floodwaters.
Here in South Shropshire we have had not had flooding problems in recent weeks. But that doesn’t mean we should lower our vigilance.
Everyone in Ludlow remembers the floods of 2007. The old Burway Bridge was swept away by a raging Corve. A house close to the river collapsed.
The new Burway Bridge doesn’t obstruct the water as much and moves the torrent downstream faster. That’s good for Ludlow but maybe not so good if you live towards Tenbury.
Over the weekend, water levels rose on the Corve. David and others on lower Corve Street kept me in touch with developments. There are important lessons to learn from their experiences. Continue reading “Updated – We should plan for an emergency before we have it – that means Ludlow residents must be the first response in flood protection”