Monday, 26 September 2011

Sainsbury's decision expected on October 19

COUNCILLORS will be asked to make a decision on a Sainsbury’s plan for Dorridge on October 19, planners hope.

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The council told The Silhillian it hopes the October 19 meeting of the planning committee will be presented with the scheme for decision.

The meeting will be held at the council’s offices in Solihull town centre at 4.30pm. The public are welcome to attend.

A council officer has to prepare a report setting out the plan and make a recommendation to approve or refuse the scheme. Councillors can approve, refuse or defer the plan.

The officers' report will be placed online about a week before the meeting.

The following meeting is November 9.

Sainsbury’s submitted a detail planning application in July.

It proposes an 1,812sqm store, 26 per cent smaller than a 2,460sqm plan thrown out by the council last year.

The council’s planning officer recommended councillors back that plan but it was rejected over its size and traffic concerns.

The overall size of the new plan will be 14 per cent smaller, from 5,140sqm to 4,414sqm.

Six other shops units will be provided, four along Station Road, and two at the store front by the present steps of the shopping centre. A restaurant will be provided on the first floor.

Customer access would be via Avenue Road to a car park slightly higher than Forest Road.

This would provide 179 spaces compared to 213 under the store in the previous plan and 91 now.

If approved, the firm hopes for a 2013 opening.

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