Jim Bishop is one of the great characters of Ludlow. Recently, he moved out of his rambling junk shop alongside the garden of The Queens, Lower Galdeford. The proprietors of the pub, Jane and Tim Vaughan, have now submitted plans to convert the building into holiday lets (16/03798/FUL).[1]

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queens_south_elevationThe building will be the same scale as the current building. New roof lights will face west, avoiding any overlooking of neighbours.

One of the four properties will have provision for wheelchair users with easy access and ample internal space to use the facilities. All of the units will have easy courtyard access with no steps and minimal ramps.

A new driveway will lead the land at the rear of the pub. The current building is L-shaped. This new access involves knocking out the walls of the foot of the “L”. The roof will remain, retiled, providing a cover and retaining the appearance of the existing buildings.

I am happy with this scheme which will bring a redundant building back into use without detracting from the historic character of the area. It will support a local business and bring income into the town. It is a pleasure to see holiday lets being created without a loss of permanent housing.


[1]. Declaration: I am a regular customer of The Queens.

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