This is no surprise. I predicted a few weeks back that Shropshire Council’s planners would recommend approval of the controversial plans to build a superstore and petrol station at Rocks Green on the outskirts of Ludlow. And so it proves.
This is the most controversial application to hit Ludlow in many years. It will change the character of our town. Many people say that will be for the better. We’ll have another place to shop and a better range of goods. Others fear the superstore will severely damage our town centre and our independent traders.
This is what the council planners say about the application.
Taking into account the provisions of the conditions, this proposal is considered to accord with the requirements of the current development plan as a whole including the need to protect the vitality and viability of town centres and to support appropriate retail and other economic development, taking into account sequential and impact assessments…
Furthermore it is considered:
- That Ludlow is suitable for the form of development proposed…
- That the proposal would not result in any significant adverse impact on Ludlow town centre…
- That, overall, it will deliver positive impacts… by reason of the employment generation and the potential to retain and clawback trade to Ludlow.
You can read the officers’ full report here.
I can write about this application but I can’t give a view until the planning committee sits next Tuesday. I have a considerable number of questions after a first reading of the officers’ report.
There is still time for people to comment for and against this application. See my guide… If you want to speak at the meeting, you need to apply to Linda Jeavons by Friday: email@example.com