Day: 17 July 2014

With thanks for Simon Hoare of Community Connect, I am now able to post the outline plans for the proposed supermarket and petrol station. These are the plans that were on show at the exhibition at the Rockspring Centre earlier in the month. Draft site plan for a supermarket and petrol station These are early plans and may well be changed before being submitted to Shropshire Council for planning approval. The full material from the exhibition is in PDF files you can access from the links below: Community Connect Ludlow Pop up banners Community Connect Rocksgreen2 Masterplan There is no doubt this supermarket is controversial. As a member of the South Planning Committee, I will not be taking a view on the proposals until they are presented to the committee. But, as always, I am keen to hear your views. Why not post them in the comments box below?

At today’s Council meeting in Shirehall, Shropshire Council unanimously approved the Site Allocations and Management of Development policy – known as SAMDev. There was no significant debate. I still have worries about this document. Along with Lib Dem leader Roger Evans, I questioned why there was not yet a statement of five year land supply. If we don’t have a five year land supply, SAMDev is not worth the paper it will be printed on. The answer from Mal Price, the portfolio holder for planning, was that SAMDev provides sufficient housing land for ten years, but he did admit that’s not quite the same as the demonstration of a five year land supply demanded by the National Planning Policy Framework. The details are technical but the council must demonstrate a five year supply in the manner required by the NPPF before SAMDev goes to the planning inspectorate for examination. If there is any significant doubt over land supply, the inspectorate is likely to send SAMDev back to Shropshire Council with the message: “Must try harder”. The inspectorate will be challenging whether we have made correctly assessed the need for housing and whether SAMDev can deliver the houses specified in that…

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Housing applications are coming in thick and fast at the moment. The latest plans to be put on public show are for up to 150 homes off Foldgate Lane. That’s the narrow lane that goes from Harry Tuffins to Steventon Road. The development is not in SAMDev. Click for larger image Turley Associates are acting for Richborough Estates on this proposed development. They’re holding a public exhibition and consultation at the Bishop Mascall Centre on Lower Galdeford from 2pm until 8pm on Monday 28 July. Click for larger image As a member of the South Planning Committee, I will be making no comment on this application until it is considered by the committee. But I will keep you up-to-date with the plans as they emerge. And please feel free to make your views known below.

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