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The future is orange – Sainsbury’s to build supermarket with Argos at Ludlow Rocks Green

First it was to be Lidl. Then Marks and Spencer. Now it has been announced that the supermarket at Rocks Green will be Sainsbury’s with an Argos. If the plans are approved, work on this site could begin this year and the store will open in the second half on 2021. The plans are an improvement on those previously submitted. The scheme is nearly one third smaller that that approved by the South Planning Committee in February 2017. On an initial reading of the documents, my main concern is the removal of rural greenery on the north east side of the Rocks Green roundabout. This has always been a soft green gateway to Ludlow. The proposed design would be much harsher and urban. Very much in your face. Viv Parry and I meet Blackfriars Developments and Sainsbury’s tomorrow to discuss details of the plans. We’ll want to know about the retail mix. Existing planning permission is for at least 75% convenience goods (daily shopping). The plans show an Argos on the site. I have no doubt this scheme will be approved as the scheme already has outline planning permission.

Former cat rescue shop on Old Street, Ludlow, could be converted into a café with flats above

Woodspace Partners Ltd has applied to use the ground floor of 5 Old Street as a café. The space above will be converted into four flats. The former Cat Protection League charity shop has been vacant since 2018 when it was put up for sale. It is an elegant building in a prominent position on the edge of the town centre. It has a long garden which stretches 34 metres to the historic town wall. Although some details about tree removal need to be examined, this a good proposal that will bring a prominent empty retail unit back into use. It will continue the trend, nationwide as well as in Ludlow, of town centres becoming places to experience, linger over coffee or a meal, but purchase fewer goods. It will also provide more flats in the town centre. We need small dwellings like those proposed.

Ludlow Town Council set to increase the number of market stalls and pitches from 20 to 30 #recovery

Ludlow Town Council meets on Monday night to discuss, among other matters, expansion of the number of trading pitches on the market in the light of the government’s decision to reduce social distancing from two metres to one metre. Hopefully this, along with the reopening of pubs and cafes, will bring the town centre back into life – though we must all act with caution and safety and its will be a very long while before we witness the crushes of old on King Street and on the market. If the town council agree the plans on Monday, the new arrangements will be in place from Wednesday 8 July.

Ludlow Town Council sets out new plans for Ludlow Market hours before vital council decision meeting #coronavirus

At 2pm this afternoon, Ludlow Town Council issued new plans for a social distanced market in Ludlow. This follows feedback from its initial plans and discussion among councillors. Unfortunately, these were not circulated to unitary councillors or published on the town council’s website. This hurried post distils the essence of documents I first saw half an hour ago. There will be two layouts discussed tonight. Both are different from those in the published papers, which I summarised here. The new plans allow for up to 22 or 25 businesses to trade from the market from stalls, gazebos or vans. “All stalls, pitches and van spaces will be allocated by ballot.”

Shropshire Council cabinet votes not to introduce charges for A-Boards – for now

It was a good decision. A task and finish group set up by Shropshire Council had recommended that hefty annual charges should be imposed on businesses for having A-Boards outside their property. The brakes were put on that proposal at the council’s cabinet yesterday councillors expressed unease about yet another charge on small businesses, especially at a time when they will be struggling due to recover from Covid-19. I remain opposed to charges for A-Boards but we need stronger guidance on where they are placed. We should only introduce charges if retailers don’t follow those new guidelines A-Boards.

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