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9:30am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Letters
AS one of the most prominent campaigners against an out-of-town superstore, my response to the proposed Lawnside development is one of dismay at its sheer lack of imagination.
It is likely that Ledbury may need some extra retail space over the next 20 years.
But this proposal, as it stands, is grotesquely as out of line with the town’s needs as the out-of-town proposal before it.
At 30,000 square feet net retailing space, it would add all of the extra space that the town might need if all of the 800 new houses get built and are fully occupied, all in one fell swoop.
Needless to add, it is far from certain that the extra houses will be built, because 20 years is a long time in planning terms and much could change.
This proposal is not about what Ledbury needs but about a single supermarket operator wanting to come in to corner this affluent little market.
Of course, this giant superstore is what the developer would like to build, because it is the most lucrative option for him and his client.
We, however, do not have to accept it, nor should we be gulled into thinking it is either here or the ring road.
We do not have to accept either. I urge all concerned citizens to engage in the consultation process, work to get a more suitable proposal and, if that is not forthcoming, fight it tooth and claw.
We have already shown once that this can be done.
ANDREW WARMINGTON Ledbury
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