I was recently asked the question: “Once we reach the total in SAMDev, can we stop giving planning permission for more houses?” The answer is: “Probably No”. There is every likelihood that we could end up with more housing than the SAMDev total before the current local plan expires in 2026. The Site Allocations and Management Development document (SAMDev) sets housing totals for many of the settlements in Shropshire, including Ludlow. The current version will be agreed by Shropshire Council on Thursday and will then proceed to the planning inspectorate for examination. But even when SAMDev is adopted later this year or early next, it doesn’t put an absolute cap on housing development in Ludlow.