200 homes plan for Ludlow set to get go-head

By Keri Trigg | Ludlow | Property | Published:

A 200-home development is set to be given the go-ahead in Ludlow after previous objections were withdrawn.

Pickstock Homes has applied to Shropshire Council for permission to build the homes on land in Rocks Green on the outskirts of the town.

The application is a 'hybrid', seeking full permission for the first 68 homes and outline permission for the other 132.

In a report to the committee, planning officer Grahame French said previous concerns raised by the council's highways department and Highways England have been resolved.

In its initial response in November last year, the highways authority said: "The submitted details, supporting this planning application, have failed to adequately demonstrate the whole impact of the proposed wider development on the adjacent highway network. The proposed new infrastructure also appears lacking and is unlikely lead to sustainable development."

Is raised additional concerns over the proposed junction for the A4117, saying it was not appropriate for the size and location of the development.

But after more details were submitted by the developer, the highways authority said its initial objection could be withdrawn subject to conditions. Highways England also withdrew its objection.

The report states a £10,000 contribution must be made by the developer to go towards relocation of the existing 40mph speed limit.

The land was earmarked in the council's Site Allocations and Management of Development (SAMDev) plan in 2016 for in the region of 200 houses, but four residents objected to Pickstock's proposals saying the scheme was too large.


An initial objection was also submitted by the council's conservation department, but the objection has now been withdrawn.

Mr French said: "The application site is allocated in the SAMDev for the development of 200 houses. The site is within easy reach of the market town of Ludlow, the primary road network and existing and emerging facilities east of the by-pass.

"It is therefore in a generally sustainable location. Highway matters have been satisfactorily resolved and there are now no outstanding objections from planning consultees."

He recommended the scheme be approved but the final decision falls to the council's South Planning Committee next Tuesday.

Keri Trigg

By Keri Trigg
Reporter - @KeriTrigg_Star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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