Monday, 6 January 2014

Work to start on Sainsbury's Dorridge

WORK was today set to start on building a Sainsbury’s in Dorridge.


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Contractor RG Group was set to put of hoarding around Forest Court so demolition can begin.

Workers began stripped out the 1960s precinct last month and the car park was closed yesterday. The upper car park will stay open for Dorridge Practice patients.

Work will take place from 8am to 6pm in the week and “occasional” Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.

Parking will be limited to two hours Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm on Forest Road from Friday January 17 as part of the plans and last up to 18 months.

The council said this is “to ensure the provision of short stay parking within the local area whilst Forest Court car park is closed due to demolition works”.


See a map of the restrictions here.

A statement said: “As part of our commitment, we are preparing many materials needed for the development away from the site and having them delivered to reduce the amount of activity in the village centre.

“We’re also looking to have our contractors  arrive at a non-residential location away from the site so they can be bussed in and out, reducing the need for multiple vehicles and car parking requirements.”

Sainsbury’s has already begun refurbishment of buildings on Station Approach, part of its planning permission deal with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The firm said: “The scheme will revitalise the heart of Dorridge for local people and visitors alike, creating new jobs and providing a retail and social hub to be enjoyed for years to come.

“We will be doing our absolute utmost every day to deliver the project with minimum disruption to our neighbours and the community, which we will keep updated throughout the development.”

The controversial development will include six retail units, 184 parking spaces, café and extended and refurbished doctors’ surgery.

A 1,812sqm sales area plan was approved in November 2011 but Sainsbury’s then said work would not start in 2013 because of economic conditions.

It then won council permission to increase the sales area to2,276sqm, some 26 per cent larger. A 2,462sqm plan was rejected in 2010.



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18 comments:

  1. Does anyone know if the final road traffic management plan has been published? I am curious to know what, if any, measures are planned, for example, changes of priority at road junctions, to avoid the risk of tailbacks and gridlock at peak times and if any new pedestrian crossings are planned to ensure safe pedestrian access from Station Road, Avenue Road and Dorridge Road.

    Similarly, I am wondering what environmental requirements have been set to ensure there is no light pollution from this development when finished. In particular, I trust (or hope) that our Council has set a requirement that there should be no stray light from the roof-top car park (undoubtedly to be brilliantly lit) to ensure there is no disturbance to nearby residents. Best to check this is done before the lights are installed.

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  2. What about all the people who need to go to the Dentist, Hairdressers, Beauty Parlours and Butchers etc. Many come from miles around, we don't all live in Dorridge and can walk. Do we have to pay in the Railway Carpark? if there is even room there.

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  3. Your ship has sailed I'm afraid you should have made MORE fuss beforehand. This is a disaster for dorridge shame many people won't realise this til it's much too late.
    Sainsburys have bullied their way through residents worries and so sadly we will be expected to live with it. I hope it is a huge failure for king and his cretins

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    1. I did make a fuss, so don't blame me, I wrote to everyone I could etc. So don't try to blame people on this site, when you do not know what they have done. I fought it all the way. It did not get me anywhere. So I still ask where we are going to park. Could those people who have the ear of Sainsburys and claim they have got a good deal for us, please answer this question, or sort out parking for the above who I have mentioned.

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  4. My apologies, your response is interesting. I have yet to meet anyone who wanted this and yet we are told there were hundreds or is this more spin.
    We have been sold an abomination and the loss of our trees and hedges is only the sad beginning. I've never felt more depressed for our village

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    1. I too wrote many letters of opposition to this inappropriate development and although I live very close I won't be shopping there. Fortunately, I am close enough to walk to other businesses so I don't need to worry about parking. I do worry about light and noise pollution and how this will affect my quality of life. However, I suspect all these worries are immaterial as permission has been granted and work started.
      I agree, a very sad time for the village that I love and a massive wasted opportunity to create a more vibrant, exciting, up to date and stimulating community.
      Oversized supermarket dominated village centres??? So very dull.

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    2. I am glad to see work started. I supported the development by Sainsburys, Waitrose, Morrisons, uncle tom cobbley and all. The reason they got planning, was that no one, DROVS etc, came forward with a viable alternative. Something had to be done, and Sainsburys won. The traffic and parking will be awful during the build. By 2019, we will say what was the fuss all about.

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  5. Only 5 years til we are all happy then

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  6. The people who live next door to it will never wonder what the fuss was about. We had our last quiet Sunday last week EVER. It is catastrophic for us.
    But hey you're happy so that's ok

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    1. You bought a house next to a shopping precinct and now you're complaining about the noise? It never struck you that things might change there? Didn't really think it through did you?

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  7. I support this 100% as does everyone I've spoken. Dorridge has been in a terrible state for years now, scruffy with useless shops. There will always be a vocal minority moaning but we can't allow them to ruin it for the rest of us.

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    1. I think the so called vocal minority are concerned that their quality of life has been ruined by the apparent vocal majority.

      Just as a matter of interest why are you so supportive of the development? Is it that you like very large supermarkets? Is it because the current eyesore will be replaced by a more modern one? Or do you prefer a more urban environment? I would genuinely like to know because whilst I acknowledge something needed to be done I have yet to meet anyone that wants it as planned

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  8. Me neither who are these 'majority' people. There is one supporter down our road out of about 15 houses hardly a majority

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  9. I think if you went to the Council House on the night the plans were passed you would have seen a very large number of people who were in favour of the development and a pretty similar number who were against. Opinion has been split. A smaller store would be preferable but that was never a genuine option - though timing has been unfortunate as smaller stores are suddenly finding more favour with Tesco, Sainsbury's et al. The site will now be developed. Whatever was built there would have led to parking issues. Sad to see people still banging on about it in these partisan ways

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  10. It depends on where people live. I noted that many of the people against it where within the immediate vicinity. You're foolish if you buy a house opposite a shopping precinct then complain when it's developed and changes over time as it is inevitable. A smaller supermarket wouldn't be viable for Sainsbury's and would be just as frustrating as Tesco in Knowle. A more substantial supermarket will have greater choice and stock levels. People banging on about small independent shops are out of touch. That's been tried and didn't work. What use are shops that are open when I'm at work and closed when I get home? B93 has high employment levels and so I suspect many people weren't around when the independent shops were open and they failed to recognise this and react buy having late night shopping. Sorry, but this is the only viable solution.

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  11. Not according to king, he is constantly saying the money's in online and convenience top up shops. This size makes no sense with the rise of the cheaper supermarkets and online shopping. I believe this is sainsburys replacement for their Solihull store which presumably will close with the redevelopment of mell square.
    Hurry up the much more realistically sized waitrose in knowle and Solihull.

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  12. Dorrange, formerly known as Dorridge

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  13. In not so many years from now it will once again be a half empty poorly used semi derelict site, and people will wonder what to do with it...

    There is not the demand for such a large store and the poor access will be a self fulfilling economic disaster for Sainsburys.

    Still, the doctors will have their shiny new premises for free.

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