Tag: planning

Plans for Budgens redevelopment get slammed by Historic England

An inspector for Historic England has laid into the plans to redevelop Budgens with retail units on the ground floor and apartments above (19/05380/FUL). The conservation watchdog wants the developer, Morris Property, to “bring forward a more sympathetic scheme better suited to this prominent site.” The intervention from Historic England is surprisingly strong. It usually does not more than remind councils of their legal responsibilities. There are some merits in its complaints. But it doesn’t seem to understand the need for a prominent building on this important gateway into Ludlow town centre.

Planning application submitted for Ironbridge Power Station – 1,000 homes and 1.9 million tonnes of sand and gravel

I don’t usually cover planning matters beyond the Ludlow area but this is one of the biggest applications in our county. An application this size will have a widespread influence across the east of the county and beyond. There are two applications. The first sets out plans for 1,000 homes; a retirement village; a new local centre with leisure, commercial, retail and health facilities; a primary school; nature corridors; and public open space across around 140 hectares. The pump house will be refurbished to support either retail, community or river-based uses. The second application is to dig gravel over five years and reinstate the land before using it for housing. There are several weeks to comment on the main application, though less time on the quarry. Decisions are expected in the summer. It will be later if complex issues need to be resolved.

Will the proposed Linney House homes flood? We can’t tell from the flood risk assessment

Earlier today, I wrote about proposals for four detached homes in the grounds of Linney House. The development is on the banks of the Corve. But the flood risk assessment is based on the Teme which is 600 metres (660 yards) downstream of the site and around two metres lower. The flood risk assessment states the minimum ground level of the development will be 2.19m above modelled flood level of the Teme. That is not relevant. In October, the Corve was at a height of 3.7m. That potentially threatens one of the planned homes with flooding. A new flood risk assessment is needed based on local conditions.

Back to the future at Linney House as new application and threat lodged for four suburban detached houses

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. The attempt to build houses in the grounds of Linney House has become something of a saga. Initially plans were submitted for four detached suburban homes on this sensitive site back in 2012. That was reduced to three houses under pressure from council planners. That scheme gained permission in 2014 from a council under pressure from the government to approve housing. Three dwellings weren’t enough for the developer. In came a scheme for eight houses of a modern design in 2019. The design was good but the application ran into trouble from ecologists and conservationists. Now, plans have been submitted for four detached homes. They retain the modern design of the first 2019 application (19/05519/FUL).

Ludlow Brewery is planning a veranda and balcony at the front of the building

It’s not the best view in the world. It overlooks the brewery car park, Aldi’s car park and the station car park. But there is little doubt that a balcony and a veranda with a servery at the front of the Ludlow Brewery, a former railway shed, will add to the capacity and functionality of one of Ludlow’s prime venues. The planning application (19/05500/FUL) needs to be looked at in detail. We need more information on how often and at what hours the balcony will be used. We need to consider the noise impact on nearby residences.

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