THIS refers to Neil Charrington’s ‘appraisal’ of the decision of the Planning Committee to refuse the Sainsbury proposal for Forest Court (Letters).
He suggests that this puts Dorridge’s centre at ‘major risk’. Risk from what, somebody coming up with a better idea?
Maybe a supermarket is not the answer because the size it has to be to be viable, produces pollution from traffic, noise, light etc that is unacceptable.
However, it seemed the burden of his argument in favour was that the Sainsbury’s development would rid us of vandals, but I suggest that experience of vandals in Dorridge over the last 20 years indicates at best the Sainsbury’s development would simply have moved them on to another part of Dorridge.
As Mr Charrington probably knows, DROVS were not against a Sainbury’s Supermarket as such, they were against the scale of the scheme with all its attendant problems. And there were problems which clearly the Planning Committee saw. Anyway, Sainsbury’s can appeal the decision, although I would have thought it better that they seek to meet local residents and see if a compromise scheme might be worked out.