Month: January 2015

Ludlow Rocks Green supermarket – town centre area set to lose one quarter of everyday trade

In Brief Blackfriars Developments has submitted an outline application for a 25,000 sq ft supermarket and an accompanying petrol station on the outskirts of town at Rocks Green (further details). Indigo Planning, acting for Blackfriars, says that the supermarket will draw 6% of trade in food and other convenience goods away from the town centre in 2019. That’s £700,000 a year. Town centre traders will lose a further £450,000 in comparison goods. Tesco and Aldi are set to lose nearly one-third of their turnover in convenience goods if the new store is built. Rolling together the loss to town centre traders and the two supermarkets, the central area of Ludlow is set to lose one quarter of its retail expenditure if the new supermarket is built: £12.6 million on a £50 million annual turnover. Indigo says that the opening of Tesco has not affected town centre retailers and neither will the new supermarket: The introduction of a new supermarket in the town will not affect the success of the town centre… The impact of a new foodstore at Rocks Green will be significantly less than the impact of Tesco opening… Those who shop in the town centre will continue to…

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West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was threatened in the grounds of St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow. Perhaps you were the person who stopped to help? The incident occurred at around 4.30pm on Friday 9 January, when a man in his 60s was threatened by a man who said: Breathe another word and I’ll kill you. The suspect is described as white, aged around 20-28, around 5” 9’ of slim build with a star tattoo on the left side of his neck. At the time of the incident he was wearing a grey hooded top, with a red coloured J on the right side. Police are keen to trace anyone who may have witnessed the incident, particularly a man who stopped to help. Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101. Please quote incident number 563 of 9 January.

Museums in Ludlow threatened as cut backs favour Shrewsbury

Ludlow has one of the finest heritage resource centres in the country. The Ludlow Museum Resource Centre is now under threat as Shropshire Council makes staff redundant and fails to put a plan in place for long term maintenance and access to the collections. The Museum Resource Centre has excellent historical and archaeological collections, and a nationally important geological collection. It currently has three staff that curate the collections, provide expertise on geology and palaeontology, support researchers, and organise education and outreach activities. This is not just a facility for Ludlow, it is a county resource and the collections are studied by researchers from across the country (more details of the collections). Almost all of this is set to come to an end. The three posts at the Ludlow Museum Resource Centre are to go. They are to be replaced with a half-time post based in Shrewsbury.

I thought it might be useful to add a note about making comments on planning applications for housing and other developments. Formally, there are 21 days to object or support from notification of an application. In practice, Shropshire Council, like most other councils, will accept comments up until shortly before the application is decided. Often it takes months for an application to progress through the system and developers frequently submit revised plans and specialist reports late in the day. The officer report recommending approval or rejection is published one week before the planning committee meets. New objections might arise from the report and residents and other parties can submit supplementary comments.

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