Category: Ludford

No backing for Ludlow park and ride improvements from Shropshire Council but promise to look into anti-social behaviour

“There are no current plans for Ludlow park and ride site or connecting bus services, although it is recognised that an overall movement strategy for the town needs to be considered as part of the wider developments recently approved in the town.” That was the statement from Shropshire Council leader Peter Nutting at last Monday’s cabinet meeting. It was in response to a question from Shrewsbury councillor, David Vasmer, who at my request asked about Ludlow’s park and ride while pressing the leader on consultation about the proposed upgrading of Shrewsbury’s park and ride service. Although Peter Nutting said there are no plans for the park and ride site, he did promise to personally investigate the problems of anti-social behaviour. After the meeting though, he made it clear that he was not promising any action.

Planning committee unanimously approves Sainsbury’s supermarket at Ludlow, Rocks Green

At 3.20pm this afternoon, Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee unanimously decided to approve a Sainsbury’s supermarket and Argos at Rocks Green. The development will also include a petrol filling station and four EV charging points. This is a decision that will divide our town. In my last straw poll, 59% thought Sainsbury’s will be good for Ludlow. They wanted a greater choice of shopping. But just over a third of respondents thought the supermarket would be bad for Ludlow. They were concerned with the survival of Ludlow’s town centre. Make or break our town, we are going to get what one councillor described as a “gruesome supermarket building”.

Sainsbury’s statement to planning committee ahead of a decision this afternoon

This afternoon Shropshire Council’s Southern Planning Committee will decide on the application to construct a supermarket and petrol filling station at Rocks Green. Í am expecting the scheme to be improved but it could be better. The meeting starts at 2pm. Sainsbury’s is second on the agenda. Members of the public can view the meeting using the link on the agenda.

Ludlow Sainsbury’s: My statement to the Southern Planning Committee Tuesday 22 September 2020

Tuesday is a big day for Ludlow. I am expecting a decision on whether a Sainsbury’s and Argos can be built at Rocks Green shortly after 3pm. That decision, providing councillors approve the scheme, will conclude six years of debate. I am expecting a vote in favour of the scheme but planning decisions can be unpredictable. Neither Viv Parry or I will be voting at the committee for different reasons. The Southern Planning Committee will meet at 2pm on Microsoft Teams. Members of the public are invited to attend but cannot speak during the meeting under current temporary planning committee rules. To comply with current planning rules, I have submitted my statement to the committee in advance. You can read that below.

Planners to ask councillors to approve Rocks Green Sainsbury’s supermarket and petrol station next week

It’s expected to be the final decision. After more than six years of wrangling and discussion, plans for a Sainsbury’s supermarket are expected to be approved by the Southern Planning Committee on 22 September. There are still some details to be resolved but there are no fundamental planning reasons for rejecting the scheme. But to me the scheme is not as good as it might be. Bus passengers are treated as second class customers by the developers and planning officers alike. What they long for is cars, cars, cars. This application pays no more than lip service to the climate emergency. A handful of EV charging points. A lower profile to reduce space heating. The application will also urbanise the Rocks Green roundabout and will be a poor gateway for one of the country’s most historic towns.   But this development will go ahead and, love it or hate it, and we will have to live with it for decades to come.

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