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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