Ludlow MP comes out against supermarket plan

Philip Dunne MP with Nick Mundy, from the Town Centre Residents’ Association and local trader Henry Mackley.

Philip Dunne MP with Nick Mundy, from the Town Centre Residents’ Association and local trader Henry Mackley.

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OBJECTORS to a proposal to built an out of town supermarket on the edge of Ludlow are being backed by Philip Dunne MP.

The MP, who has met with local residents and traders, believes that if it is built the supermarket and petrol station proposed at Rocks Green will damage the character of the town.

He has set out his opposition to the scheme in response to concerns from local residents including Ludlow Town Centre Residents’ Association.

“I have been in touch with the proposers of this development since I was unable to attend the public exhibition held in July,” said Philip Dunne.

“It is clear that this speculative application is opportunistic and lacks detailed evidence to support customer demand for another supermarket.

"Ludlow already has three supermarkets in town plus three convenience stores as well as a wide range of excellent independent food shops in the town centre. I fear many of these would be at risk from a large out of town supermarket.

“Ludlow is almost unique as a market town with a thriving local produce market co-existing with renowned food shops.

"You only have to look down the A49 at the impact a large edge of town supermarket had on the edge of Leominster to see what might happen here.

"I am determined to support local residents and town traders in resisting this unnecessary, unwanted, white elephant.”

The developer Blackfriars Development has said that the supermarket and petrol station would create more than 200 new jobs and boost the local economy by enabling people to do a major shop in the Ludlow area instead of having to travel to other centres like Shrewsbury, Hereford, Leominster or Kidderminster.

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11:18pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Mark Ingle says...

The uniqueness of Ludlow and the balance in make up between the national supermarkets and the local produce suppliers is to my mind well worth keeping.
I remember when we got our first supermarket and a greengrocer disappeared from the town, the next and a butcher disappeared.
I would hate to see an out of town shop, which although yes it would bring people into the immediate area, would not benefit in town Ludlow as convenience is known to change peoples shopping habits.
The character of Ludlow and the intrinsic quality of lifestyle it provides is something I feel strongly about. Too much has already disappeared and I would support as strongly as possible trying to keep the balance we have currently.
Shop local. Support small independents and keep our town special. Thank you Mr Dunne.
The uniqueness of Ludlow and the balance in make up between the national supermarkets and the local produce suppliers is to my mind well worth keeping. I remember when we got our first supermarket and a greengrocer disappeared from the town, the next and a butcher disappeared. I would hate to see an out of town shop, which although yes it would bring people into the immediate area, would not benefit in town Ludlow as convenience is known to change peoples shopping habits. The character of Ludlow and the intrinsic quality of lifestyle it provides is something I feel strongly about. Too much has already disappeared and I would support as strongly as possible trying to keep the balance we have currently. Shop local. Support small independents and keep our town special. Thank you Mr Dunne. Mark Ingle
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4:07am Thu 21 Aug 14

gutterman says...

Why does the mp seem not to want to stop the 200 jobs that will come out of this .Jobs are needed in Ludlow as much as a new petrol station .
Tesco have 3 stores co-op 2 so it would be a good idea to get in some competition .
Why does the mp seem not to want to stop the 200 jobs that will come out of this .Jobs are needed in Ludlow as much as a new petrol station . Tesco have 3 stores co-op 2 so it would be a good idea to get in some competition . gutterman
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4:10am Thu 21 Aug 14

gutterman says...

Why does the MP seem not to want to create 200 jobs for Ludlow??????
At the moment we have 3 Tesco under different disguises
2 CO-OP .We need a new petrol station and competition so as we can keep Ludlow alive and not have to go to the larger towns around
Why does the MP seem not to want to create 200 jobs for Ludlow?????? At the moment we have 3 Tesco under different disguises 2 CO-OP .We need a new petrol station and competition so as we can keep Ludlow alive and not have to go to the larger towns around gutterman
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12:31pm Mon 25 Aug 14

HKitchener says...

How ridiculous. Ludlow is going to the dogs. Glad I am moving.
How ridiculous. Ludlow is going to the dogs. Glad I am moving. HKitchener
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