Days before the deadline, final plans for 213 homes between Bromfield Road and the A49 were submitted to Shropshire Council. The site will be accessed from a new roundabout on the A49 and a pedestrian footbridge over the railway line. All housing will be above the floodplain. A retail store will be built on Bromfield Road.
The principle of housing development on this site is accepted. It is now a question of making it as good as possible. It must boost its affordable housing to meet Shropshire Council’s requirement of 15% affordable housing in Ludlow. A suggestion from planning officers that the footbridge to Fishmore View should be reinstated in the plans is unacceptable.
In 2013, an outline planning application was submitted for a proposal for up to 215 dwellings on the site. This was rejected by the South Planning Committee but approved on appeal in 2015. In 2016, after we succeeded in getting a controversial footbridge over the Corve to Fishmore View removed from the plans. The developer, Tesni Properties, was given three years to submitted final details of the plans (reserved matters). That application was submitted by Signature New Homes, Tesni Properties and Susan Jones to Shropshire Council on Monday, five days before the deadline (18/05461/REM).
The plans closely follow those approved at the planning appeal.
There will be 185 homes sold on the open market and 28 affordable homes (13%). This is contrary to Shropshire’s housing policies which require 15% affordable housing in Ludlow. That would deliver another four affordable homes on the site. The affordable housing is clustered by the railway and Bromfield Road.
The development will have 18 homes a hectare, a higher density than the Shropshire average of 15 homes a hectare.
The development will be built in four phases. We don’t yet know the indicative timescale.
This is a car dominated development with 473 car parking spaces, with an additional 21 spaces for the retail unit.
All the development will be above the area that regularly floods. The area by the Corve will be a riverside park. The veteran oak in the middle of the site will become a feature of the development adjacent to a pocket park.
This application has only just been published and it will take some time to study. My main concern is the shortage of affordable housing in the scheme. I have concerns about loss of trees along the A49 and adequate noise screening for properties alongside the railway and Bromfield Road and adjacent to the retail unit car park.
I am also worried that the preapplication advice from Shropshire Council planners suggested reinstating the footbridge to Fishmore View. That would be unacceptable. I have discussed an alternative route with the developer in the past. This would go along the west bank of the Corve under the railway to Corve Bridge. This route could not be used in flood events. I think the residents will need to form a flood warden scheme anyway to ensure that children do not stray close to flood waters.
This is a big scheme and there are lot of discussions to be had over the details. I am not expecting the plans to be approved for some months because there are many details to be resolved and several specialists to be consulted.
I will be asking to meet the developers and planners to discuss the details of their plans in the next few weeks.
I will be provisionally calling the application into the South Planning Committee for decision. But I hope we can resolve concerns without a committee reference.