THE pressure group opposed to a large supermarket in Dorridge claims an expert planning report confirms the plans are contrary to Solihull Council’s planning policy.
The report, by Hall Green-based planning consultants Tyler Parkes, says that the Sainsbury’s proposal contravenes Solihull’s Emerging Core Strategy, which makes clear that this proposal must be regarded as ‘a significant new retail development’ and, as such, one that should be resisted in smaller centres such as Dorridge.
DROVS says the proposed new store is more than twice the size of the need forecast by a council-commissioned retail study into convenience floorspace for the whole of Solihull, outside the three main borough centres.
Campaigners add that a separate study on their behalf by Phil Jones Associates, traffic consultants, has demonstrated a real concern that the car park proposed by Sainsbury’s will not be large enough to meet the increased needs, especially at peak times, causing queuing and congestion. It says a smaller store, such as has been proposed by DROVS, would alleviate these concerns. The report can be read at www.drovs.org.uk.