Tag: local plan review

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.

We must build an 1,800-home Ludford Garden Suburb by 2065 to ensure that Ludlow thrives

We can just bury our heads in the sand and hope housing development doesn’t happen. But we can no more hold back housing than you can stop the tide. Ludlow will expand. Half the town hates that. The other half thinks it is essential. Shropshire Council’s local plan has ambitious growth targets for the county but these pose dangers for a town like Ludlow which has seen decades of unplanned, incoherent growth. We need to bring an end to “Beetle Drive” planning in Ludlow. We can’t continue adding one limb at time. We must begin planning for a Ludford Garden Suburb and ensure that we leave a legacy that generations can be proud of. It might take fifty years to build. But that’s okay in the landscape of planning. Especially if it’s a well-designed landscape.

New development sites for Shropshire – just two of 64 potential housing sites in Ludlow made it through to the local plan

Last year, Shropshire Council issued a call for landowners and developers to suggest sites for future residential and employment development. Several hundred sites were put forward. Most were rejected. In the Ludlow area, 64 sites were submitted. Enough land to build nearly 7.000 homes. Half the sites submitted were in Ludlow, or adjacent to Ludlow in Ludford and Bromfield. Just two of the 63 sites were approved for inclusion in the current local plan review. A further 20 sites were assessed as having long term potential for development. They could accommodate more than 3,100 homes. This article looks at those sites that made the grade, those that didn’t, and those the planners think could be built on after 2036. I think we need to go further and allocate a garden suburb to be built between now and 2060.

How will the new local plan affect Ludlow? Come to a Shropshire Council meeting on 14 January to find out

We are midway through updating planning policy in Ludlow and Shropshire. The current stage of the local plan review is looking at where houses and employment areas might be built. The council’s site allocation consultation runs until 31 January. A meeting will be held to discuss the council’s proposals on 14 January at 6pm in Elim Church Hall, Ludlow.

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