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.

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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.

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Midcounties Co-op says smaller Rocks Green supermarket will not reduce impact on Ludlow town centre

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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Thursday is the last day to comment on the revised Rocks Green supermarket application

Next Thursday, 12 January is the last day for supporting or opposing comments on the revised planning application for a superstore and petrol filling station at Rocks Green.

The application will be considered by the South Planning Committee on 7 February or 7 March. Both meetings are at 2pm in Shirehall.

You can comment at 14/05573/OUT.

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Public meeting to discuss new Rocks Green supermarket plans on 3 January

My colleague Councillor Vivienne Parry is calling a public meeting to discuss the revised plans for a superstore and petrol filling station at Rocks Green on the outskirts of Ludlow.

The meeting will take place from 6pm at the Women’s Centre in Ludlow town centre on Tuesday, 3 January. The centre is off Church Walk adjacent to the Rose and Crown. Everyone is welcome. Please park in the car parks.

Shropshire Council is currently consulting on the revised plans. Comments must be submitted by 12 January. The proposals are expected to be considered by the South Planning Committee in February or March.