DISCUSSIONS to regenerate a dilapidated tract of land in Shirley have finally begun after an 800-strong petition to revive the site was handed to the borough council.
Councillors and residents have been continuously calling for the Powergen site to be brought back into use and have now been told plans are moving forward to regenerate the derelict site.
Solihull Council has confirmed it intends to start discussions with Asda, who own the Haslucks Green Road site, regarding a joint regeneration.
Asda bosses had halted plans to redevelop the land while they fought a long-running battle to win approval for a supermarket in Shirley town centre.
But following planning approval for an anchor store within the new Parkgate scheme, a meeting has now been arranged between council officers and Asda’s estates team.
Mike Swallow, strategic land advisor at the council, said: “Whilst the council owns the freehold of a large proportion of the site, Asda, through their freehold and leasehold interests, have control and occupation.
“The outcome of the imminent discussions with Asda is, therefore, key to considering options for and timing of bringing forward the regeneration of the former Powergen site.”
Councillor Karen Grinsell (Con, Shirley East) said she is ‘delighted’ a review of the site is finally being carried out.