Consultation on Ludlow supermarket scheme

Ludlow Advertiser: A map of the proposed supermarket development at Rocks Green. A map of the proposed supermarket development at Rocks Green.

IT is claimed that 250 new jobs will be created if a new supermarket and petrol station is opened on the outskirts of Ludlow.

Two major supermarket chains are said to be interested in the controversial scheme.

The developer has given a commitment that a third of the jobs would be full time and that there will be a condition to ensure that the vast majority of them go to people from Ludlow and the surrounding area.

A two day consultation at the Rockspring Community Centre has been completed and is likely to inform an application to establish the principle for retail development of the site by the junction of the A49 and A4117 at Rocks Green.

Visitors to the consultation were told that the scheme would involve a supermarket of 25,000 sq feet making it slightly larger than the existing Tesco store in Ludlow. There would be 200 parking spaces including places for people who are disabled and cycle racks.

The site would see tree planting and extensive landscaping.

According to the potential developers the site is served by the 722 and 292 bus services and access would from Dun Cow Road.

They say that the existing road network has the capacity to cope with the traffic and that a benefit of the scheme is that deliveries would not have to made by lorries going through Ludlow town centre.

It is claimed that traffic would be reduced because people could do their shopping and buy petrol at the same time. It is also argued that there would be environmental benefits because people would not have to drive to places like Kidderminster, Shrewsbury or Leominster to do a major supermarket shop.

Behind the scheme is a company called Blackfriars Development Limited which is part of the Blackfriars Development Group which says it has been involved in similar projects in other towns including Newport in Shropshire, Cranbrrok, Shepton Mallet, Tiverton, Didcot and Canterbury.

The developer is clearly aware that the scheme will generate concern about the impact upon other businesses in Ludlow.

But they say that the town has its own niche of independent shops and point out that fears that the development of the Tesco store in Ludlow would mean the death of local retail have not proved to be the case.

They say that the area will benefit because money that currently goes out of the area to nearby towns would be retained in the Ludlow and south Shropshire area.

It is said that the key benefits will be hundreds of new jobs and significant investment in the area that will be good for the local economy.

The proposal will be considered in due course by Ludlow Chamber of trade and Ludlow Town Council that would be a statutory consultee if an application is made to Shropshire Council.

It is considered inevitable that the proposal will prove to be controversial with strong opinions on both sides of the argument.

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3:00pm Thu 10 Jul 14

??__?? says...

I see the article does not comment on the houses next door to the supermarket and depreciation of the house price. Not all the houses on the estate are housing association. We put our savings into buying our first house. Who is going to buy a house overlooking a giant supermarket? I suppose a few houses losing their savings will just be collateral damage!
It’s difficult to get onto the main road during busy periods as it is let alone everyone using the road for petrol and food. Has anyone tried to drive to Tuffins during busy periods?
I see the article does not comment on the houses next door to the supermarket and depreciation of the house price. Not all the houses on the estate are housing association. We put our savings into buying our first house. Who is going to buy a house overlooking a giant supermarket? I suppose a few houses losing their savings will just be collateral damage! It’s difficult to get onto the main road during busy periods as it is let alone everyone using the road for petrol and food. Has anyone tried to drive to Tuffins during busy periods? ??__??
  • Score: -12

8:31pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Tim G says...

I fail to see how an out of town super market will improve the local economy.
I fail to see how an out of town super market will improve the local economy. Tim G
  • Score: -11

12:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

Robert Byrne says...

It's important not to be fooled by the claim that this event is a consultation. It's an exercise by the developer so that they can claim they have engaged with the local community in the preparation of their plans.
The real consultation will be held by Shropshire Council when the planning application is submitted to them. That's when you can make a difference.
Petitions barely count, so when the time comes make sure you submit individual objections to the council.
And make sure your objections are not on emotional grounds but on practical plannning ones - eg, this will damage the economic or social fabric of Ludlow.
It's important not to be fooled by the claim that this event is a consultation. It's an exercise by the developer so that they can claim they have engaged with the local community in the preparation of their plans. The real consultation will be held by Shropshire Council when the planning application is submitted to them. That's when you can make a difference. Petitions barely count, so when the time comes make sure you submit individual objections to the council. And make sure your objections are not on emotional grounds but on practical plannning ones - eg, this will damage the economic or social fabric of Ludlow. Robert Byrne
  • Score: -4

9:29am Sat 12 Jul 14

AshFRTDi says...

Let's hope it's an Asda. Will have a place to get decent food at low prices, cheap decent grade fuel (usually around 8p per litre less than tuffins), decent clothes and actually a decent range of video games and dvds. Why anyone wouldn't want this in Ludlow if beyond me. It will be the best thing to ever happen to Ludlow. No they just need to build a big retail Park with a currys/pc world, argos, next, etc.. ......
Let's hope it's an Asda. Will have a place to get decent food at low prices, cheap decent grade fuel (usually around 8p per litre less than tuffins), decent clothes and actually a decent range of video games and dvds. Why anyone wouldn't want this in Ludlow if beyond me. It will be the best thing to ever happen to Ludlow. No they just need to build a big retail Park with a currys/pc world, argos, next, etc.. ...... AshFRTDi
  • Score: 12

12:13pm Sat 12 Jul 14

HenryGSterling says...

AshFRTDi wrote:
Let's hope it's an Asda. Will have a place to get decent food at low prices, cheap decent grade fuel (usually around 8p per litre less than tuffins), decent clothes and actually a decent range of video games and dvds. Why anyone wouldn't want this in Ludlow if beyond me. It will be the best thing to ever happen to Ludlow. No they just need to build a big retail Park with a currys/pc world, argos, next, etc.. ......
We know it will be either a Sainsburys or a Waitrose. So not an ASDA, sorry.

And I strongly disagree with you about building a retail park - do you really think turning Ludlow into a miniature Telford is a great thing? Why not just live in Telford?
[quote][p][bold]AshFRTDi[/bold] wrote: Let's hope it's an Asda. Will have a place to get decent food at low prices, cheap decent grade fuel (usually around 8p per litre less than tuffins), decent clothes and actually a decent range of video games and dvds. Why anyone wouldn't want this in Ludlow if beyond me. It will be the best thing to ever happen to Ludlow. No they just need to build a big retail Park with a currys/pc world, argos, next, etc.. ......[/p][/quote]We know it will be either a Sainsburys or a Waitrose. So not an ASDA, sorry. And I strongly disagree with you about building a retail park - do you really think turning Ludlow into a miniature Telford is a great thing? Why not just live in Telford? HenryGSterling
  • Score: -2

1:47pm Sat 12 Jul 14

Bean Snebbig says...

Can we stop this? If this area is going to be developed then a petrol station is needed, but two more supermarkets? Really? What about some decent shops that sell clothes, electricals or furniture? That's what people go out of town for..
I'm sure y'all can think of others, but more supermarkets? Who's getting backhanders from this one then? Furious.
Can we stop this? If this area is going to be developed then a petrol station is needed, but two more supermarkets? Really? What about some decent shops that sell clothes, electricals or furniture? That's what people go out of town for.. I'm sure y'all can think of others, but more supermarkets? Who's getting backhanders from this one then? Furious. Bean Snebbig
  • Score: -10

2:38am Mon 14 Jul 14

gutterman says...

A new petrol station brill stop the overcharging of tuffins possibly an asda great good quality low priced food who could wish for more
A new petrol station brill stop the overcharging of tuffins possibly an asda great good quality low priced food who could wish for more gutterman
  • Score: 13

6:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

LauraEvans says...

What about making the crossings safer? The amount of times people have driven over the crossing when the lights are red is ridiculous. I sincerely hope it's not a Sainsbury's or Waitrose as they are so expensive, it's about time this town has some decent competition for the over priced supermarkets we already have
What about making the crossings safer? The amount of times people have driven over the crossing when the lights are red is ridiculous. I sincerely hope it's not a Sainsbury's or Waitrose as they are so expensive, it's about time this town has some decent competition for the over priced supermarkets we already have LauraEvans
  • Score: 8

4:12am Mon 21 Jul 14

gutterman says...

filled my car with asda derv £1.317 per ltr a saving of about .06 per ltr 50lts at '06 ==£3.00 per fill .1 fill per week =£156 per year bring on a petro price war in ludow
filled my car with asda derv £1.317 per ltr a saving of about .06 per ltr 50lts at '06 ==£3.00 per fill .1 fill per week =£156 per year bring on a petro price war in ludow gutterman
  • Score: 2

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