Day: 3 September 2016

It looks like council planners may recommend approval of the controversial proposal build a 25,000 sq ft supermarket and a petrol station on the outskirts of Ludlow (14/05573/OUT). We won’t formally know what the planners think until early October. But on my reading of the runes from technical papers published yesterday, they may well recommend the scheme should go ahead.[1] Shropshire Council has commissioned analysis of the supermarket proposal from Peter Brett Associates, a company that works for councils and supermarkets across the country. Drawing on that advice, the council estimates that the new store will reduce town centre trade by around 11% in 2019.[2] This, the planners say, “is less than significant”. They also say the proposed store is ideally placed to help encourage housebuilding east of the bypass.

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