Saturday, 26 October 2013

Sainsbury's work to start

SAINSBURY’S will open in Dorridge by next Christmas after final council permissions were given, the firm said yesterday.

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It said it has now received a final decision notice for the Forest Court scheme from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

In a statement, Sainsbury’s said: “Final preparations can now be made to deliver the new store in time for Christmas 2014.

“It is anticipated that work to strip out the existing buildings in Forest Court will start in December, with the main demolition and construction works expected to begin onsite in January.”

The scheme will flatten the 1960s shopping precinct for a store with a top level car park of 184 spaces and refurbished and extended Dorridge Practice GP surgery.

It will also include a cade, pharmacy and shop units.

The original 1,812sqm sales area plan was massively controversial and was approved in November 2011.

But Sainsbury’s earlier this year said it would not start work this year because of economic conditions.

It then won council permission to increase the sales area to 2,276sqm, some 26 per cent larger. A 2,462sqm plan was rejected in 2010.

It said this will allow it to sell non-food goods.

Project manager Nick Alston said: “Sainsbury’s would like to thank the Dorridge community for their patience during the recent legal administration phase of the application process.

“We are all very keen to see the construction work commence onsite and we would like to reassure the Dorridge community that everything is being done to have the store open for the community by the end of 2014.”


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20 comments:

  1. The sooner the better. The derelict buildings are an eyesore and the introduction of effective competition to Tesco's has to be welcome.

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    1. Oh yes the competition to Tescos will be so worth it! ...... NOT

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    2. Yadda yadda yadda...move on!

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  2. RIP dorridge village

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    1. It died a long time ago. This is its rebirth.

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  3. on the nail 1318, this will be a new Dorridge, different, but better than what we have now.

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  4. yey! about time, and thank you to all those made a noise and stopped Dorridge being another landbank.

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    1. ...thus unwittingly helping cynical Sainsbury's to get permission for an EVEN BIGGER store than the one that was already as big as Morrison's in Solihull town centre.

      Village idiots!

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    2. Keep banging that drum Matthew!!

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  5. Matthew - it is too big, I agree, but I'd rather have that than the current eyesore. With the expansion of Arden, all the new housing etc I expect we might find its not as "too big" as people like me fear. Which leads us nicely on to parking ........

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  6. I have to say it is better to have this store serving the local area than Forest Court as it was. It could have only have gone more downhill - more empty units as is the national trend. I'm no lover of
    any of the big supermarkets - profit driven obviously - community minded - not really. But it is the best solution to this problem.
    Were you against Costa in Knowle Matthew?
    Think Sainsbury's will be a similar success despite peoples fears

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    1. In terms of size I hardly think that Costa is an appropriate comparison to Sainsbury's in Dorridge!

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  7. Obviously a costa the size of a supermarket would be ridiculous as would a supermarket the size of Costa. My point was that once its up and running i suspect that Sainsbury's will be useful and we'll all get used to it quickly and all the worry and fear will prove to be un-justified

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    1. In the case of Costa there was no "worry or fear". It posed no potential problems of traffic and parking and did not totally transform the character of Knowle. Not the same scenario at all!

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    2. there was lots of opposition though if you remember!!

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    3. Sorry but I honestly can't remember there being that much opposition.

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  8. No - but Sainsbury's will change the character of Dorridge centre in a positive way - in my opinion. eyesore to useful resource used by local people. I accept some people are still not convinced - time will tell.
    also there were people who were strongly against Costa

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  9. http://www.building.co.uk/sainsburys-ditches-15-planned-store-developments/5063662.article

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  10. I wish they would reconsider dorridge. A good local sainsburys plus some housing and decent parking would be a much better fit for the location. But can't see them pulling out now sadly.

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