Foldgate Lane housing has been approved on appeal – it’s the worst of planning decisions

Today the planning inspectorate announced that it has given approval to controversial plans to build 137 houses off Foldgate Lane.

I am knocked breathless by this decision. The inspector has shown total disregard for our local plans. He says that we are building enough housing and have allocated enough sites for development. Yet he thinks that we need another 137 houses stuck on the edge of Ludlow.

This is dangerous decision.

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Foldgate Lane housing inquiry ends on a cliff hanger

Update 9 October 2016

The planning inspectorate has said a decision will be made on or before 21 November.

I am glad that decision is not going to be dragged out. This appeal is not just about 137 houses on the edge of Ludlow. The whole future of planning in Shropshire depends on this decision. Are developers like Richborough going to be allowed to build anywhere they like, regardless of local wishes and our local plan? We need to win this appeal. I think the council has made a good case. But the final decision will be down to the planning inspector.

Main article 6 October 2016

The Foldgate Lane inquiry has concluded. Developer Richborough Estates wants to build 137 homes on green fields on the edge of Ludlow. A quarter of the homes will be affordable. When the inquiry closed yesterday afternoon, the result was too close to call. Shropshire Council put forward a strong case but Richborough put forward a strong team. As its barrister reminded us yesterday, the company has a reputation for winning nearly all of its planning appeals.

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Foldgate Lane housing inquiry to resume – it’s a battle for Shropshire as well as Ludlow

The public inquiry into 137 homes off Foldgate Lane in Ludlow resumes at 9.30am on Tuesday, 4 October at the Gateway, Craven Arms. We face two days of technical arguments over housing land supply followed by a summing up of the arguments for and against this development.

The future of planned development in Shropshire rests on the outcome of this inquiry.

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Foldgate Lane housing inquiry adjourned – it’s been a toughie and we can’t afford to lose

Nearly one hundred residents turned out on Tuesday for the first day of the planning inquiry into proposals from property speculator Richborough Estates for 137 houses off Foldgate Lane. This is a greenfield site. It is not allocated in our local plan. The location is unsustainable and the development will damage setting of our historic town. The turnout was a strong public statement that we all feel that this proposal is wrong for Ludlow.

There is more at stake at this inquiry than the beauty and tranquility of Foldgate Lane. The inquiry is not just about preserving views. It does not only concern the damage the development would do to the setting of historic buildings and the conservation area, or the impact the development will have on traffic and flooding.

Ludlow is caught up in something much bigger.

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We must win Ludlow Foldgate Lane housing appeal next week – it’s vital for our town and county

The public inquiry into plans to build 137 homes on green fields either side of Foldgate Lane begins on Tuesday morning, 2 August. It is bound to be both challenging and, at times, tedious.

This inquiry is important not just for Ludlow but for the county as a whole. The promoters of this scheme want to get their money by obtaining planning permission to develop the site. In doing so, they want to smash apart local planning rules and create a free-for-all for housing development. This would be a disaster for planning in Shropshire. That is why Shropshire Council has engaged a top flight barrister, Gary Grant, to fight its case.

The appeal has been launched by developer Richborough Estates, supported by planning consultants Turley.[1] Richborough’s stated aim is to get planning permission for the site and then sell it on to a housing developer. This is a dangerous situation for us, not just because of the company’s ambition to take the money and run.

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