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Shopping in Ludlow – where do we buy and what do we buy in Ludlow?

Retail matters dominate the town agenda right now. A decision is to be made on the Rocks Green supermarket bid on Tuesday. Budgens is set to close – no date has yet been set – and we are expecting redevelopment of One Stop on Tower Street. Again, there is no date for this. Business rates are also due to soar for some businesses. We have a busy town centre that for the most part works. We have both general purpose supermarkets and specialist local shops. Our streets are busy, even crowded. Most Ludlow residents visit the town centre at least once a week. You can’t say that about many small market town high streets these days – witness Leominster. But we lack choice. Cheap clothing, and just being able to buy clothing locally, tops people’s agenda. It is hard to get other non-food goods at a decent price too.

This morning’s post brought two letters. The first is from Philip Dunne MP and is addressed to Clive Wright, the chief executive of Shropshire Council and copied to South Planning Committee members. It sets our Mr Dunne’s objections to the proposal for a supermarket at Rocks Green. In the letter, Philip says the development brings with it the very real possibility of undermining the appeal of Ludlow town centre and could threaten livelihoods. The second envelope came from SP Broadway, lobbyists for the supermarket promoter, Blackfriars. The letter says the developer has carefully listened to the concerns of committee members in revising the scheme. The impact on the town centre will be lower and Shropshire Council’s planning policy officer comments that this level “is unlikely to result in a significantly adverse impact on Ludlow’s town centre.”

Shropshire planning officers recommend Rocks Green supermarket for approval next week – they fear appeal costs

Planning officers have recommended that the application for a large supermarket off Dunn Cow Road is approved. They argue that although the scheme is a departure from the local plan, it will expand retail choice in the town and will not have a significant impact on the town centre. They say they will not be able to defend of any appeal and worry about the costs. The South Planning Committee will decide whether to award planning permission to the scheme next Tuesday. This article summarises the arguments planning officers have put forward in favour of the scheme in the committee paper.

Rocks Green supermarket to be reconsidered by the South Planning Committee next week

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.

Midcounties Co-op owns the store that used to be Harry Tuffins on Foldgate Lane. In May 2015, it objected strongly to the proposal for an out of town supermarket at Rocks Green. Now, days before the South Planning Committee meets to reconsider the proposal, it has renewed its objection. The Co-op’s main argument is that reducing the size of the superstore will not limit the impact on retailers Ludlow town centre despite the developer’s claims.

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