Friday, 13 November 2009

Dorridge Sainsbury's plans submitted

RESIDENTS in Dorridge have until November 26 to give their views on a major Sainsbury’s plan for the village.

The supermarket giant this week submitted a planning application for the scheme, to replace Forest Court.

It would re-house GP surgery The Dorridge Practice and establish the store and four other units, incuding a café fronting onto Station Road and community facility.

The firm this week said its first plans had been changed to “improve traffic flow” with access off Avenue Road.

The submitted plan has more spaces than first proposed, 193 compared to 92 at present. A further seven parent and child, 12 disabled and 10 surgery spaces are planned.

It also promised an additional ground-floor consulting room for the surgery.

So far two comments have been added to the application on the website of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, which is expected to decide the plan in January.

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One, A L Hughes, said: “This is a major undertaking in Dorridge, and has to be welcomed.

“The existing structure is like something out of East Germany in the 1960s.

“No doubt some people will object, but I have to ask them, do they want the existing structure to remain?

“There might be traffic considerations, but I'm sure these can be overcome.

“Dorridge and the neighbouring residents needs this development. Tesco needs competition in the area.”

But Alan McWilliam wrote: “This retailer's proposed scheme presents a serious risk to our village due to its impact on traffic volume in the village centre and its approaches and the consequent impact on the safety and well-being of our children and elderly.

“The scheme will result in the complete urbanisation of our semi-rural village.

“The proposal will result in noise and light pollution impacting negatively on the store's neighbours and their ability to enjoy their homes. The scheme is reliant on the destruction of established greenery.

“In the interests of Dorridge, its residents and its future this proposal must be rejected and I for one object.”

A noise assessment by consultants Royal Haskoning said daytime and early morning operations in the proposed service yard would have “negligible” or no noise impact.

Yet it said there would be “minor to moderate noise impacts” during the night and delivers should be restricted to 5am to 11pm.