Consultation takes place about proposed Ludlow supermarket development

A CONSULTATION is to take place today and tomorrow in Ludlow about a proposed supermarket development.

This involves building a supermarket and petrol station at Rocks Green, just outside Ludlow, off the A49.

The proposal is currently being worked on by Blackfriars Development Ltd on land commonly known as the Dun Cow.

A letter to residents, seen by The Advertiser, says: "The store would create in the region of 250 new local job, increase choice, and competition for local people and strengthen Ludlow's role as a retail destination.

"We believe that there are significant benefits to the local economy."

In the letter Simon Hoare, managing director of Community Connect which is working on behalf of Blackfriars Development Ltd, says: "Before a planning application is submitted to Shropshire Council we want to hear the views of the local community about the proposal and, to the end, we are holding a pre-submission planning consultation to put the plans before you and answer your questions."

The consultation takes place at the Rockspring Community Centre, on Sandford Road, tomorrow (Friday July 4) from 10am to 6pm and Saturday (July 5) between 10am and 3pm.

Members of the development team will be there to discuss the proposal in an informal environment.

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5:53pm Fri 4 Jul 14

HenryGSterling says...

Clearly a speculative development. The only winners would be the landowner and the property developers. It would certainly become a retail destination... with people shopping there instead of Ludlow itself. Shoppers from surrounding areas are not going to park up for free and do all the shopping they need at this new supermarket (which will be larger than Tesco in town) and then decide to head into the town centre.

250 jobs created? Yeah right. And how many of those won't be minimum wage or on zero-hour contracts? And how many jobs will be lost elsewhere (including possibly at Tesco in town) because of the transfer of shoppers? And of course unlike with local businesses, all the profits will leave the area.

And all this on a greenfield site located outside the town's bypass, and which is not designated for any development in the new local plan.
Clearly a speculative development. The only winners would be the landowner and the property developers. It would certainly become a retail destination... with people shopping there instead of Ludlow itself. Shoppers from surrounding areas are not going to park up for free and do all the shopping they need at this new supermarket (which will be larger than Tesco in town) and then decide to head into the town centre. 250 jobs created? Yeah right. And how many of those won't be minimum wage or on zero-hour contracts? And how many jobs will be lost elsewhere (including possibly at Tesco in town) because of the transfer of shoppers? And of course unlike with local businesses, all the profits will leave the area. And all this on a greenfield site located outside the town's bypass, and which is not designated for any development in the new local plan. HenryGSterling
  • Score: -20

1:29pm Sat 5 Jul 14

HenryGSterling says...

Ah I see Mr Hoare (or more likely his minions) are out in force negatively rating my comment.

We've seen it all before.
Ah I see Mr Hoare (or more likely his minions) are out in force negatively rating my comment. We've seen it all before. HenryGSterling
  • Score: -10

12:11am Tue 8 Jul 14

gutterman says...

competition is good lets have a new store hopefully a lidle or asda
competition is good lets have a new store hopefully a lidle or asda gutterman
  • Score: 2
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