Last October, Shropshire Housing Group (SHG) felled a healthy sycamore tree on the green space between Sidney Road and Charlton Rise. A second tree was saved after hurried negotiations. Now SHG has submitted plans to cut down the second tree and build seven bungalows on the site.
When the tree was felled last October, SHG said:
“The costs associated with trees are borne by our residents. It is imperative that we mitigate these costs to allow our tenancies to remain affordable. One tree was cut down, however, upon discussions with tenants and a representative of the council it has been agreed that a more appropriate smaller tree will be planted in the near future.”
This all sounds rather hollow as in recent days, the housing association has submitted plans for a series of developments around Ludlow, including this green.
The plans are currently being validated and are not yet on Shropshire Council’s planning portal.
All of seven bungalows will be social housing. One will be designed for a wheelchair user.
Ludlow Town Council has already said that it will oppose this scheme. At a Representational Committee – the council’s planning committee – a few months back, it decided to apply for the green to become a town green, which would mean that it would be protected from development in perpetuity. However, no action has been taken on this and it may now be too late under changes to town green legislation introduced in 2013.
The town council also decided to apply for the footpath to be dedicated as a right of way and for a tree preservation order on the second sycamore. I am not sure any action has been taken on either of these.