Month: June 2016

Roof garden bid for the Snicketts, Ludlow, is out of place – updated

Update 13 July 2016 The applicant has withdrawn this application. It is unlikley that it would have gained approval from council planners. Shropshire Council’s conservation team said the proposal would “introduce an incongruous and alien roof form that is not traditional” into the conservation area. I think that’s an understatement of the damage this proposal would have caused. I am glad to see the back of this appalling application. Main article 23 June 2016 The Snicketts is a quiet pedestrian alley between Corve Street and Portcullis Lane. The converted industrial buildings form a pleasant group of properties and are much in keeping with the historic character of the area. That may change if a roof garden is allowed. An application has been submitted to remove the pitched roof of No. 2 and replace it with a roof garden, screened by a 1.6m high brick wall (16/02345/FUL). The two images below show the existing property and what is proposed. I find this proposal really rather shocking.

The recent closure of Ludford Bridge, the main access route into Ludlow from the south, caused disruption for residents, visitors and businesses. On 30 June, we will be holding a special meeting of Shropshire Council’s area committee, the Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC). The evening will be devoted to a discussion of the recent closure, the repairs to the historic fabric and how we should protect the bridge in the future. Highways officers will be on hand to discuss the problems the town faced when the bridge closed. Heritage experts will answer questions about the repairs, including why they look so new. The main agenda of the evening will look towards the future. Should we close the bridge to HGVs? Where will heavy traffic go if we do? How do we redirect traffic and keep people informed the next time the bridge is closed?

Future Fit: Scrapping of Rural Urgent Care Centres is a disaster in the making for Ludlow, says Tracey Huffer

“I am in utter despair. This is a disaster in the making.” That is the reaction of Shropshire Councillor and nurse, Tracey Huffer, to the news that the Future Fit programme has abandoned any hope of creating Urgent Rural Care Centres in Shropshire. Tracey continues: “We have been told for two years that Future Fit would strengthen care for sick and vulnerable people in rural areas. Now we hear that for anything for more serious than a sprain or cut, patients may have to go on a sixty-mile round trip to Shrewsbury or Telford. That’s just wrong and people will suffer as a result.

I don’t love bureaucracy. I am not a fan of the EU. I am a diehard localist. But I am also a realist. The big world out there is changing fast. We are either part of that big world or we step back. That is the decision we will make on 23 June. It is likely to be the biggest decision that will happen in our lifetimes. I am 61 years of age. I remember the Cold War. I remember from the real fear that ordinary people in ordinary homes felt day on day as the radio and black and white television scared them out of their wits. That fear was very real in a nation still recovering from the Second World War. I heard then from my elders and have since read in books that the level of fear was much the same in the late 1930s. At that time, it was not a question of whether war in Europe would happen but when it would happen. We are still frightened.

New images for large houses on Linney do not remove my objections to this scheme, which breaches local plan rules

Developer McCartney has published photomontages of two houses it wants to build on the last green space at the bottom of the Linney (14/04328/FUL). There have been three major objections to this scheme since its inception: 1) It removes the last green space in the Linney. 2) It damages important views towards Bringewood Chase. 3) The site lies outside Ludlow’s development boundary as defined in SAMDev. The developer says it wants the new buildings to “make a positive contribution to the areas character and appearance.” It pledges to “protect and enhance a primary view-point within the Linney townscape of unspoilt rural landscape.”

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