JUST before Christmas, plans were published for redevelopment of the former Budgens supermarket in Ludlow town centre which was previously a Co-op and Somerfield before that.

It is currently derelict and the host of the Ludlow Art Mural Project. The redevelopment will have two retail units with nineteen apartments above.

This design is a mixture of traditional and modern.

The building has been designed by Ludlow architect Trevor Hewitt for Morris Property. It has two retails units. In a change from earlier draft plans, the entrance to Unit 2 is from Galdeford rather than the facing Portcullis GP Practice.

Otherwise the plans are similar. A traditional design facing Galdeford with a modern treatment opposite the Library. The building is taller, three stories topped by a penthouse floor. That has been set back to reduce its visual impact.

“That means no Wetherspoons or restaurants,” said Andy Boddington, Shropshire councillor for Ludlow North that includes the town centre shopping area.

“These retail units are far too big for many of the uses listed above. They will be selling goods and will give a boost to this area of the town centre and the retail offer in Ludlow as whole. It will help counter the impact of the Rocks Green supermarkets, for which detailed plans are expected in January or February.”