Month: June 2015

Spar calls for independent review of Rocks Green supermarket proposal

The operators of the SPAR convenience store on Castle Street, AF Blakemore & Son, have objected to plans for a supermarket at Rocks Green on the outskirts of Ludlow (14/05573/OUT). Writing on behalf of AF Blakemore, Julian Sutton from Signet Planning says Shropshire Council should employ an independent consultant to scrutinise the proposal: For a development of this scale we would normally expect a local planning authority to instruct a planning consultant to undertake an independent review of the proposal and place this document in the public domain. We have not seen any comments from officers on the supporting information submitted in respect of the impact of the scheme on centres nearby or any observations from a planning consultant instructed by the council despite the application being submitted six months ago. To my knowledge, the council has not appointed a consultant.

Rocks Green supermarket should be scaled down to protect landscape says Shropshire Council tree officer

Shropshire Council’s tree and woodland protection officer, Dougald Purce, has criticised the proposal for a new supermarket at Rocks Green because the design puts profit before landscape protection. In a comment on the application last week, he said: In order to maximise the commercial potential of the site the buildings and parking have taken priority over landscape, a less adventurous proposal would be better able to provide a sustainable integrated development at this key gateway to Ludlow.

Rocks Green supermarket should be scaled down to protect landscape says Shropshire Council tree officer

Shropshire Council’s tree and woodland protection officer, Dougald Purce, has criticised the proposal for a new supermarket at Rocks Green because the design puts profit before landscape protection. In a comment on the application last week, he said: In order to maximise the commercial potential of the site the buildings and parking have taken priority over landscape, a less adventurous proposal would be better able to provide a sustainable integrated development at this key gateway to Ludlow.

Introducing the In and Out of Ludlow forum to improve transport and access to our town

We have set up a new forum to look at transport and access issues in and around Ludlow. It has already set in place reviews of the East Hamlet One Stop junction and wayfaring signs around the town centre. Simon Jones, Shropshire’s lead councillor on transport, is looking at whether £1 parking on Sunday can be introduced to towns like Ludlow. In coming months, we’ll be working our way through a long list of issues concentrating on those of greatest concern to residents and traders.

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