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11:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Letters
COULD this be a turning point? Commenting on Sainsbury’s latest development gambit, one of the town’s most fervent superstore supporters, Yvonne White, says that ‘such an enormous supermarket… would definitely kill Ledbury’.
The superstore at Lawnside Road of 30 thousand square feet is the same size as the one that was proposed two years ago a mile out of town on the bypass.
This was turned down overwhelmingly by planners because it would damage the economic vitality of the town centre.
Not only was it too large for Ledbury, but it would divert business away from our High Street – an opinion confirmed in five separate studies by retail planning experts.
Putting aside the past conflicts, it’s great that we can now broadly agree that a 30 thousand square foot superstore monster is way too big for our small town.
Think of it this way. The proposed shed would comfortably hold every living person in Ledbury without their touching each other.
At a stroke it would more than double our existing supermarket provision.
Where is all that extra business going to come from? Not from thin air, but our existing shops.
While Mrs White is perhaps exaggerating that it would ‘put every shop out of business’, she is surely right that such a large supermarket, wherever its location, is simply too big for Ledbury.
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