Month: May 2016

In the last few weeks, the courts and parliament have delivered crippling blows to affordable housing. These setbacks come on the back of a continued reduction in government funding for affordable housing. On 11 May, the appeal court backed a government edict that frees small developments from any obligation to provide or contribute to affordable housing. The following day, the Housing and Planning Act gained royal assent. Under the Act, starter homes – houses sold at a 20% discount to market price – will be given priority ahead of affordable housing. Put these together with cuts to grants for affordable housing and the supply of new affordable housing in this county looks like it will dry up.

Plans for new restaurant and apartments on Tower Street replacing One Stop and the Post Office

Ludlow architect Trevor Hewett has drawn up plans to rebuild the One Stop store in Tower Street as a restaurant and ten two bedroom apartments. In an exhibit currently in Ludlow Library, Mr Hewett says: We are preparing a planning application seeking change of use of the ground floor to restaurant use or retail use. New upper floors will contain ten two-bedroom apartments. The stone building currently housing refuse bins will become the entrance to the apartments. New upper floors over the stone building will contain a two-bedroom town house. Any development on this site will be an improvement on horrid building that currently stands at 9 Tower Street. But I have my doubts about the scale of the proposed building. I think it is too tall. I am also concerned about the future of our main post office.

Ludlow Library and council customer service opening hours to be cut – we are entering dangerous territory (updated)

Updated 25 May 2016 The consultation is now live online. The consultation documents show that a reduction in hours at Ludlow Library will save £4,800 a year. A separate consultation is planned for the reduction in hours for Shropshire Council’s customer services at the library. Main article 24 May 2016 Shropshire Council has announced that it plans to cut the opening hours for Ludlow Library. It will shortly launch a consultation on the plans. This was due to start yesterday but has been delayed. I’ll provide a link to the consultation as soon as I have it. If the cuts go through, it is expected that Ludlow Library would open from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, and Friday. The library would be closed on Thursday, as at present. It would no longer open on Friday evenings or Saturday afternoons. This is a reduction of seven hours a week. Shropshire Council’s customer services desk in the library will open for eight fewer hours each week. We are entering dangerous territory. Once the opening hours for libraries and other public services are cut back, they are rarely restored. When people get used to facilities being closed a lot of the…

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Changes of ownership to Bromfield solar farm

An application has been made to split the solar farm into two ownerships. The smaller part of the array, which has already been constructed, will remain in the ownership of Bromfield Sand and Gravel.This is currently powering the gravel works. The rest of the array will be owned by Ludlow Solar Ltd. I am told by the promoters this is a “technical matter” and the scheme is still on track to complete the entire solar farm later this year.

Shropshire Council has begun a new consultation on plans for a supermarket at Dun Cow, Rocks Green.[1] This is a result of changes to the plans for the proposed petrol station and a revised retail statement. This is a controversial application. I can’t take a final view on it until we have the evidence right. I can’t see that new retail statement gets us any further on with understanding the potential impact of this project on existing stores in the town centre. The revised plans for the petrol filling station move the storage tanks above ground at the loss of staff car parking. No information has been published on how safe the fuel storage tanks will be. Highways England have withdrawn their original objection to this scheme. I think that if the agency had been told by Shropshire Council that 200 homes are planned right opposite the supermarket site before 2026, it might have taken a different view.

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