Day: 15 November 2016

The Safer Ludlow partnership is a joint initiative between West Mercia Police, Ludlow councillors, and Ludlow and Shropshire Councils. Safer Ludlow will be holding a public drop in session at Ludlow Hospital on 16 November. Councillors and police officers will be present from 12 noon in the Clee Ward room. The Safer Ludlow initiative aims to tackle low-level crime in and around Ludlow. We hope it will help people feel safer in their homes and when they are out and about in the town. People can drop by and talk about any matters that concern them. Then we’ll try and do our best to get any problems resolved.

Why a planning inspector approved housing at Foldgate Lane – and why he was wrong to do so

This is a detailed examination of the inspector’s decision. I can’t pretend that it is exhaustive but I hope it shows why this decision is one of the worst I have seen for a long while. Last Thursday, an inspector from the Bristol-based planning inspectorate, approved plans for 137 homes on Foldgate Lane. This article examines in detail Cullum Parker’s appeal decision. I have read a lot of planning appeal decisions over the years and this one perplexes me more than many others. I don’t think it makes sense, even under the planning regime we have been working under since 2012.[1] Planning rules say decisions must be made in accordance with the local development plan, in our case the core strategy and SAMDev. Only if there are strong reasons, material considerations in planning jargon, can the plan be overruled. But Mr Parker barely acknowledged our local plan. He didn’t even mention the policy for Ludlow. That’s why his decision is flawed.

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