Friday, 15 July 2011

Sainsbury's survey shows 67% support

TWO thirds of people who responded to a Sainsbury's survey backed its plans for Dorridge.

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Some 67 per cent, 603 people, backed the scheme while 16 per cent, 149, gave some support.

A further 16 per cent did not support the plan, that would demolish Forest Court, while 13, one per cent, did not clearly indicate their view.

The views were given at a February exhibition at the shopping centre and online.

The firm this week submitted a planning application in its bid for a 1,812sqm sales area store, six retail units, parking and a refurbished and extended doctors surgery.

A bigger scheme was rejected by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in March last year over parking and traffic fears and concern over its size.

But more people have opposed the scheme, 636, on the website of the Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore.

Sainsbury's listed the main messages of support as: excellent/much improved plans; will regenerate a run-down site; Dorridge needs this development; much better design; build it as soon as possible; should be supported/hope it gets permission.

The main comments against it were: store still too big; traffic increase; not enough parking;
concerned about impact of delivery lorries; keep central reservation at Poplar Way junction.

The central reservation has been kept under the plans.

The application says: “Where the site space allows it and where legitimate issues have been raised, the application proposals have been amended to address local residents’ concerns.

“These amends include a smaller store, and significant changes to the design. The
scheme also now includes more landscaping and means to promote greener forms of
travel such as the inclusion of cycle parking.

“Respondents in support of the revised plans have stated that the design
improvements have encouraged them to support the plans.

“Supporters, which make up the majority of the consultation respondents, agree that
Dorridge needs this development; that it will regenerate a run-down site; that it should
be supported when submitted to the council and built as soon as possible.

In a press release, Michael Adenmosun, Sainsbury’s regional development executive, said: “We are very pleased to have submitted our revised plans for Forest Court, and I would like to thank every single member of the community who has provided feedback to help us move towards this point.

“We are confident that the new plans will provide the community with an exciting and attractive development.

“The broad range of benefits that the scheme will deliver will ensure the long term vitality and viability of Dorridge centre as a vibrant hub of shopping, socialising and community services.”

To see the application click here and enter 2011 and 1107 in the two boxes.

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