Month: January 2017

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.

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.

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.

New application for three homes at Linney House, Ludlow should be thrown out

A new but not revised application has been made for three houses and garages at Linney House (17/00230/FUL). The applicant says: “The intention of the application to secure a consent for a further 3-years to facilitate on-going negotiations with the Council to secure an alternative scheme for this sensitive site.” I don’t think this is the right approach. The developer should either get on with building or submit a completely new application. In any event, this new application must be determined from scratch. In the light of current planning policy, I can’t see any reason for approving it.

Two new houses proposed for Friars Walk, Ludlow

West Ella Holdings has applied to build a pair of semi-detached houses on Friars Walk, between St Laurence’s School and the Bishop Mascall Centre (16/05602/FUL). The houses will have pedestrian access only, with no car parking provided. Shropshire Council’s heritage team are insisting that archaeological investigations take place before the development is granted planning permission.

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