Day: 12 October 2016

Planners failed us on the Rocks Green supermarket application

The debate on the supermarket application yesterday continued for the best part of two and half hours. Councillors wanted to reject the application but they were blocked by the council’s legal team. I am raising a formal complaint about this. I had to work through the night on Monday to analyse data that was only published last Thursday afternoon. This data was at the core of the developer’s case. It ran to 170 pages of tables and around 9,000 statistics. It was only late on Monday that I realised the significance of what the data was telling me. It shows that Ludlow town centre works as a retail destination. Except for clothing. I mean day to day clothing, not posh frocks. But the data also show that an out of town supermarket could kill our town centre.

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