Category: Planning

Planning committee unanimously approves Sainsbury’s supermarket at Ludlow, Rocks Green

At 3.20pm this afternoon, Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee unanimously decided to approve a Sainsbury’s supermarket and Argos at Rocks Green. The development will also include a petrol filling station and four EV charging points. This is a decision that will divide our town. In my last straw poll, 59% thought Sainsbury’s will be good for Ludlow. They wanted a greater choice of shopping. But just over a third of respondents thought the supermarket would be bad for Ludlow. They were concerned with the survival of Ludlow’s town centre. Make or break our town, we are going to get what one councillor described as a “gruesome supermarket building”.

Sainsbury’s statement to planning committee ahead of a decision this afternoon

This afternoon Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee will decide on the application to construct a supermarket and petrol filling station at Rocks Green. Í am expecting the scheme to be improved but it could be better. The meeting starts at 2pm. Sainsbury’s is second on the agenda. Members of the public can view the meeting using the link on the agenda.

Castle View Terrace development never had much credibility – it now has no shred of credibility left

Shropshire Homes, already facing massive opposition from residents, has been clarifying its application to build seven homes on Castle View Terrace. At the back of the housing scheme the developer proposes a linear area of public open space. Shropshire Homes this week has explained that it plans to cut three metres off the top of the quarry face, leaving a slope of 45 degrees above an even steeper drop into the quarry. People will need to negotiate a difficult slope to access the so-called public open space. The proposed profiling of the site will wreck biodiversity on the site. This scheme never had much credibility. It now has no shred of credibility left.

Despite a hacker disrupting meeting, Ludlow Town Council votes against Castle View Terrace application

This article refers to an offensive event and only gives a flavour of how offensive it was. It was a difficult meeting of Ludlow Town Council’s Representational Committee tonight. The agenda was straightforward for a planning meeting. But as the committee was working through the agenda on Zoom an interloper joined as a member of the public and in a sequence of events I could not follow in detail from my screen, talked in a synthetic computer voice repeating the N-word and F-word repeatedly. It was clear that the interloper was live to the meeting as councillors were cited. Despite the interruptions, the meeting completed its business in an orderly way and councillors unanimously voted against the development of seven homes in Castle View Terrace.

Planners to ask councillors to approve Rocks Green Sainsbury’s supermarket and petrol station next week

It’s expected to be the final decision. After more than six years of wrangling and discussion, plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket are expected to be approved by the Southern Planning Committee on 22 September. There are still some details to be resolved but there are no fundamental planning reasons for rejecting the scheme. But to me the scheme is not as good as it might be. Bus passengers are treated as second class customers by the developers and planning officers alike. What they long for is cars, cars, cars. This application pays no more than lip service to the climate emergency. A handful of EV charging points. A lower profile to reduce space heating. The application will also urbanise the Rocks Green roundabout and will be a poor gateway for one of the country’s most historic towns.   But this development will go ahead and, love it or hate it, and we will have to live with it for decades to come.

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