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. 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. 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.