Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Sainsbury's "to open next year"

SAINSBURY’S today said it will aim to open a supermarket at Forest Court, Dorridge by the end of next year after winning permission for a bigger scheme.

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The firm made the pledge after councillors last night gave permission for a larger sales area than one approved in November 2011.

The firm won approval from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's planning commmittee for a 2,276sqm sales area development compared to 1,812sqm before by changing internal plans.

The overall building size will not change and the extra space is for non-food sales, to include a cafe. Car spaces will increase by five to 184.

The approved plan is 26 per cent larger than the one passed in 2011. A 2,462sqm plan was rejected in 2010

A statement said: “The supermarket retailer will aim to open the store by late 2014. The local community will be kept informed at every stage of the development.”

It previously said work could not start on the 1,812sqm scheme because of economic conditions but would begin within six months of the larger plan getting permission.

Regional development Manager Ben Littman said: “We’re delighted to have received approval for the amendments to the new store in Dorridge.

“We look forward to creating new jobs in the area and improving the local shopping offer.”

Some 31 people and a signature with more than 600 signatures opposed the plan to the council with concerns about traffic.

But 33 letters of support were made to the council and Dorridge & Hockley Heath councillor Ken Meeson said the “overwhelming” view of people who contacted him was of support.