Day: 14 January 2015

Ludlow town council tonight voted against proposals for an out of town supermarket at Rocks Green. Ludlow’s mayor Paul Draper opened the short debate. He said an out of town supermarket would be “disastrous for the town centre.” Pointing to the problems they had caused in other towns, he said: “Just look at Kidderminster and Leominster. And it won’t be long before Hereford follows them.” Councillors Tim Gill and Jim Smithers agreed, describing the way that out of town supermarket’s had destroyed town centres across the country. Councillor Smithers said the supermarket would not just affect trade at Ludlow’s shops but also the markets. Councillor Glen Ginger told the meeting: “I am 100% against this proposal.” He said that a lot of purchases in town centres are impulse buys, and impulse buys rely on footfall. “If you take away the footfall, you remove the impulse.” He pointed to the 200 car parking spaces at the proposed store, saying people would not come into Ludlow once parked there.

Ludlow Rocks Green supermarket – town centre area set to lose one quarter of everyday trade

In Brief Blackfriars Developments has submitted an outline application for a 25,000 sq ft supermarket and an accompanying petrol station on the outskirts of town at Rocks Green (further details). Indigo Planning, acting for Blackfriars, says that the supermarket will draw 6% of trade in food and other convenience goods away from the town centre in 2019. That’s £700,000 a year. Town centre traders will lose a further £450,000 in comparison goods. Tesco and Aldi are set to lose nearly one-third of their turnover in convenience goods if the new store is built. Rolling together the loss to town centre traders and the two supermarkets, the central area of Ludlow is set to lose one quarter of its retail expenditure if the new supermarket is built: £12.6 million on a £50 million annual turnover. Indigo says that the opening of Tesco has not affected town centre retailers and neither will the new supermarket: The introduction of a new supermarket in the town will not affect the success of the town centre… The impact of a new foodstore at Rocks Green will be significantly less than the impact of Tesco opening… Those who shop in the town centre will continue to…

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