The controversial planning application for a supermarket and petrol filling station at Rocks Green on the edge of Ludlow will be back before the South Planning Committee next Tuesday, at 2pm in Shirehall. This is a reconsideration by the planning committee after initial attempts to reject the application were blocked by officers. The scheme has subsequently been revised and planning officers are again recommending that the scheme is approved by councillors.
Last October, the South Planning Committee decided that it wanted to reject the planning application for a new supermarket off Dun Cow Road at Rocks Green (14/05573/OUT).. Council officials blocked the refusal and the committee were only allowed to agree to be “minded to refuse”. Officers had wanted the scheme approved arguing the impacts of the proposed Rocks Green supermarket on Ludlow town centre “were more than minor in terms of significance but not significant enough to be significantly adverse.”
Since then, Blackfriars has submitted a revised scheme, increasing the footprint of the building and turning it through 90 degrees. They have reduced the size of the retail area by 14% (not 17% as previously claimed).
After I queried data submitted by the developer, a revised analysis of the impact of the scheme on the town centre was submitted last Friday. This corrects previous errors but also presents a different perspective on the financial data (Table BB). I won’t have opportunity to comment on this in detail before the planning committee meets on Tuesday.