Category: Planning

Moving towards a name for the Fishmore Quarry development – I propose to back “Raglan Quarry”

Over the last few days, we have been discussing online, by email and even face to face the best name for the proposed development of nearly 80 homes in the old quarry on Fishmore Road. I have also had a discussion with the developer to clarify some points. Quarry Place will be the marketing name only so there is freedom to select a new name. We agreed the name Quarry Place is unlikely to be accepted by Shropshire Council as a permanent name because of possible confusion with Quarry Gardens off Gravel Hill. That leaves us free to choose another name for the road and that will become the name of this new estate.

We are seeking a road name for the new housing estate to be built in Fishmore Quarry

Shropshire Homes has planning permission to build nearly 80 homes  in the former quarry on Fishmore Road. The development will be called Quarry Place. Most of the homes will be grouped around a cul de sac. Shropshire Council is seeking views from councillors on naming the road. One obvious answer is that it is called Quarry Place. But we could propose another name. I’d like to hear your suggestions before sending a selection to Shropshire Council later in the month.

We need to protect views of historic Ludlow and landscapes across our county in the next local plan

Shropshire Council is currently discussing its approach to planning through to 2038. The latest consultation closed at the end of September. One of the arguments I have made is that we must protect the most important views across the county from being disrupted or destroyed by sprawl of housing and employment development. I am proposing that the revised local plan designates and protects key views of historic monuments and important landscapes across the county.

It is time to plan for expansion of Ludlow to 2038 and beyond – we need a garden suburb

Shropshire Council is concluding its consultation on how the county will development from now until 2038. For Ludlow nothing changes from the existing plans. I think this is a mistake. My long held view is that we should plan for a flourishing garden suburb east of the A49. That hasn’t been a popular view but if we had put in place a masterplan for that area in 2012, we would not have had housing developments imposed on us at Foldgate Lane and off Bromfield Road by planning inspectors. No future development is not an option available to us. We can either plan for a sustainable development east of the bypass or just leave Ludlow’s future to the whims of planners and inspectors as they make day by day decisions based on a planning rulebook that seems to have little relevance to Ludlow.

Planning committee unanimously approves Sainsbury’s supermarket at Ludlow, Rocks Green

At 3.20pm this afternoon, Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee unanimously decided to approve a Sainsbury’s supermarket and Argos at Rocks Green. The development will also include a petrol filling station and four EV charging points. This is a decision that will divide our town. In my last straw poll, 59% thought Sainsbury’s will be good for Ludlow. They wanted a greater choice of shopping. But just over a third of respondents thought the supermarket would be bad for Ludlow. They were concerned with the survival of Ludlow’s town centre. Make or break our town, we are going to get what one councillor described as a “gruesome supermarket building”.

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