New Lawnside plan to be put forward?

Ledbury Reporter: Previously more than 30 other people opposed to the proposed supermarket on Lawnside. Previously more than 30 other people opposed to the proposed supermarket on Lawnside.

A REVAMPED plan for the Lawnside area of Ledbury is on the cards.

A proposal to develop a 30,000 sq ft superstore on the site has created much debate in the town.

Now Halo Leisure, which runs Ledbury Swimming Pool at Lawnside, has confirmed it is in talks with a supermarket developer.

The outcome could be fresh development proposals for Lawnside and a new pool for Ledbury at another location still to be decided.

Philip King of PLK Properties, the company with ambitions to build a supermarket, said that he had been seeking pre-application advice from Herefordshire Council and he was engaged in talks with the swimming pool operator.

If all goes to plan, and a suitable scheme is agreed, public consultation on the new proposals could start as early as next month.

Mr King said: “The consultation could come the other side of Christmas, if I have a scheme I can work with, between now and Christmas.”

“Following our initial presentation to Ledbury Town Council in August we have listened to informal feedback from a number of parties which have been helpful. As a result we have consulted with the planning authority to seek pre application advice which has helped direct our design focus.

“When we have completed this exercise we will engage in a proper and thorough consultation exercise with all interested parties in the coming months.

“We cannot at this stage predict when and if a planning application will be submitted.”

The proposals previously submitted for Lawnside would lead to the demolition of the swimming pool, community centre, youth club, fire station and former ambulance station. Under that plan, a new joint swimming pool, community centre and youth club complex would be built at the Orchard Lane end of the recreation ground, together with an outdoor multi-use games area.

Halo Leisure runs the pool on behalf of Herefordshire Council.

Jon Argent, chief executive of Halo, said: “We are in talks with PLK Properties, as part of an options appraisal.

“It is right to explore the options. I am wedded to having the best service we can get for the people of Ledbury.”

Coun Peter Watts, a Herefordshire councillor for Ledbury and a trustee of Halo Leisure said: “It could be the refurbishment of the pool, forecast for the end of 2014, or we could end up with a new pool.”

He said that if the pool were to be taken away from Lawnside, a new pool, on another location in town, would have to be up and running before development of Lawnside could start.

Herefordshire Council planning officer Roland Close confirmed the council has provided “very detailed, confidential preapplication advice” to PLK Properties, based on the supermarket proposal made to Ledbury Town Council last summer.

Concerning the swimming pool, he said: “Herefordshire Council has a policy to safeguard community facilities, and if they are to be replaced, they have to be in an equally suitable location.

“Any development of that site must retain the existing community facilities or replace them with equally good if not better facilities.”

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11:00am Sat 7 Dec 13

LATS Supporter says...

"Herefordshire Council planning officer Roland Close confirmed the council has provided “very detailed, confidential preapplication advice” to PLK Properties, based on the supermarket proposal made to Ledbury Town Council last summer. "

Sounds like HCC are doing all the work to get this folly through, and why should it be "confidential". it is the people of Ledbury it will effect more than the Councillors of HCC .. I think this cloak and dagger, back room meetings are an affront to true democracy.
"Herefordshire Council planning officer Roland Close confirmed the council has provided “very detailed, confidential preapplication advice” to PLK Properties, based on the supermarket proposal made to Ledbury Town Council last summer. " Sounds like HCC are doing all the work to get this folly through, and why should it be "confidential". it is the people of Ledbury it will effect more than the Councillors of HCC .. I think this cloak and dagger, back room meetings are an affront to true democracy. LATS Supporter

9:55pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Andrew Warmington says...

Conspiracy theories again. When a council gives pre-application advice, it is so that an applicant can know what the local planning situation is in termss of things like replacing any facilities that have to move and can then make an initial decision if it is worth going any further. It's a perfectly normal thing and saves both sides time and money. I don't want a supermarket on Lawnside either for the record, but let's not get paranoid. This is being pushed forward by the developer, not HCC.
Conspiracy theories again. When a council gives pre-application advice, it is so that an applicant can know what the local planning situation is in termss of things like replacing any facilities that have to move and can then make an initial decision if it is worth going any further. It's a perfectly normal thing and saves both sides time and money. I don't want a supermarket on Lawnside either for the record, but let's not get paranoid. This is being pushed forward by the developer, not HCC. Andrew Warmington

5:13pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Rosemary Thyme says...

Now LOOTS or at least 1 of their NIMBYs is stating they do not want a supermarket on Lawnside - strange as that was 1 of their alternatives when dictating to Ledbury just why a supermarket on what they defined as 'out of town' was unacceptable.

Makes you wonder what LOOTS and others want, they don't want competition and that is clear for all to see, just their own little Nirvana and scant regard for anyone else.

Meanwhile residents in Ledbury continue their exodus on a weekly basis to gain access to towns and cities that offer variety at reasonable prices.
Now LOOTS or at least 1 of their NIMBYs is stating they do not want a supermarket on Lawnside - strange as that was 1 of their alternatives when dictating to Ledbury just why a supermarket on what they defined as 'out of town' was unacceptable. Makes you wonder what LOOTS and others want, they don't want competition and that is clear for all to see, just their own little Nirvana and scant regard for anyone else. Meanwhile residents in Ledbury continue their exodus on a weekly basis to gain access to towns and cities that offer variety at reasonable prices. Rosemary Thyme

10:21am Mon 9 Dec 13

Andrew Warmington says...

Good morning, Alison. Shouldn't really have to point this out but:

(a) LOTS was a large group of people with many different views; the only thing we all had in common was being opposed to the proposed out-of-town superstore. Would you be happier if I was in favour of this new proposal?

(b) We had no power to dictate to Ledbury - we campaigned for what we believed in, much the same as LESS did for those who wanted the superstore. It's called democracy. The decision was made by the County Council based on current planning policy.

(c) NIMBY means 'Not In My Back Yard'. It's a term used against anyone perceived to be opposed to a development because it is near to their home rather than for wider reasons. It hardly applies to someone who doesn't want this superstore anywhere in Ledbury. Nor do I blame anyone who doesn't want this because it really is right on their doorstep.

(d) Leaving aside the fact that most of LOTS were not shopkeepers and competition wasn't an issue, one of the key objections we made was that a giant superstore would steamroller all competition and leave the high street a wasteland, as has happened in countless towns up and down the country.
Good morning, Alison. Shouldn't really have to point this out but: (a) LOTS was a large group of people with many different views; the only thing we all had in common was being opposed to the proposed out-of-town superstore. Would you be happier if I was in favour of this new proposal? (b) We had no power to dictate to Ledbury - we campaigned for what we believed in, much the same as LESS did for those who wanted the superstore. It's called democracy. The decision was made by the County Council based on current planning policy. (c) NIMBY means 'Not In My Back Yard'. It's a term used against anyone perceived to be opposed to a development because it is near to their home rather than for wider reasons. It hardly applies to someone who doesn't want this superstore anywhere in Ledbury. Nor do I blame anyone who doesn't want this because it really is right on their doorstep. (d) Leaving aside the fact that most of LOTS were not shopkeepers and competition wasn't an issue, one of the key objections we made was that a giant superstore would steamroller all competition and leave the high street a wasteland, as has happened in countless towns up and down the country. Andrew Warmington

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