New plans for Sidney Road bungalows – the Norway Maple still gets the chop

Shropshire Housing Group has submitted new plans for bungalows on the green space on Sidney Road at the bottom of Charlton Rise. Under the revised proposals, there will be five bungalows rather than seven. They will be aligned with the existing bungalows and a greater area of green space will be retained. The Norway Maple, originally one of two, will be felled. All the bungalows will be social housing.

Six new trees will be planted. These will be Quercus robur ‘Koster’, a fastigiate variety of the common oak with upright branches.

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New developments on Linney housing schemes lack information

There have been two developments on planning applications for housing on the Linney in Ludlow Conservation Area.

One application for three houses has been approved, though there is little expectation these houses will be built rather than a further application submitted. I have never seen an application approved when the developer says it doesn’t want the scheme to be built. A second adjacent application for two homes has been substantially revised.

Neither application will deliver or pay a contribution towards the affordable housing this town desperately needs.

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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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Fears for post office after permission granted for redevelopment of One Stop site

Shropshire Council has granted permission for the demolition and redevelopment of the One Stop building at 9 Tower Street, Ludlow. The building also houses the town’s main post office. The replacement building will probably house a café or restaurant on the ground floor with ten apartments above.

There is no doubt that this site needs something doing with it. It is possibly the ugliest building in Ludlow town centre. But I am concerned that we are losing a second convenience store in the main shopping area. I am even more worried about the future of the post office.

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