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200 homes earmarked for edge of Ludlow

By Thomas Morton | Ludlow | Property | Published:

Steps towards creating 200 homes on the edge of a Ludlow are under way.

An application to build a new estate on the outskirts of Ludlow at Rocks Green is being prepared to be submitted to Shropshire Council and will be discussed at a meeting of Ludlow Town Council tomorrow.

The plans, by Claremont Planning Consultancy on behalf of Pickstone Homes, have been expected ever since the land was included for building on in Shropshire Council's five year plan for housing, known as SAMDev.

The estate will be next to where Ludlow's controversial new out-of-town supermarket is to be built.

Andy Boddington, Shropshire councillor for Ludlow North, said: "At this stage, Claremont is only intending to submit detailed designs for the first sixty houses. The rest of the site is to be sketched out in a masterplan.

"This site is incredibly important for the future of Ludlow. It is the first part of new suburb that will stretch from Rocks Green to the Eco Park.

"My first thought on this masterplan is that is self-contained, not designed to be part of a larger development.

"I have said for many years that any development east of the bypass should be on garden village principles. That means weaving green space throughout the settlement. The masterplan we have seen doesn’t get anywhere near that ideal, it’s just a standard housing estate."

While Ludlow Town Council is being invited to comment, the development is in the Ludford Parish Council area.

However Ludlow Town Council will be discussing the plan at a meeting at 7pm in the Guildhall, Mill Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend and can speak briefly at the start of the meeting.

Thomas Morton

By Thomas Morton
@tmorton_star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star

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