The public inquiry into plans to build 137 homes on green fields either side of Foldgate Lane begins on Tuesday morning, 2 August. It is bound to be both challenging and, at times, tedious. This inquiry is important not just for Ludlow but for the county as a whole. The promoters of this scheme want to get their money by obtaining planning permission to develop the site. In doing so, they want to smash apart local planning rules and create a free-for-all for housing development. This would be a disaster for planning in Shropshire. That is why Shropshire Council has engaged a top flight barrister, Gary Grant, to fight its case. The appeal has been launched by developer Richborough Estates, supported by planning consultants Turley. Richborough’s stated aim is to get planning permission for the site and then sell it on to a housing developer. This is a dangerous situation for us, not just because of the company’s ambition to take the money and run.