REVISED plans to build a Sainsbury’s store in Dorridge have been met with a lukewarm reaction by local action group Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore (DROVS).
The supermarket giant say they are working on new plans for the redevelopment of Forest Court in the village following feedback from two recently held workshops.
But Amanda Pemberton, secretary from DROVS said: “From what we hear, Sainsbury’s now propose a store which would be three times as big as Tesco’s in Knowle. And they have said very little about the harm caused by a big increase in traffic on the roads leading to Forest Court, which are already overcrowded.’
Questionnaires completed by residents found that 27 per cent wanted a store the size of the 1,992sqm Sainsbury’s in Poplar Road. Some 46 per cent backed a store larger than 1,393sqm.
Most people - 55 per cent - said they wanted the store the same height as Forest Court which Sainsbury’s wanted to demolish in its original plan.
Some 60 per cent of people would use Dorridge shops more if there was a Sainsbury’s while 66 per cent backed a new doctor’s surgery which was in the original plan.
Jaime Powell, Sainsbury’s Regional Town Planning Manager said: “As a result of feedback from the two workshops, the questionnaire and our discussions with the doctor’s surgery, we are currently undertaking further work to come up with proposals for the redevelopment of Forest Court.
“As soon as we have formulated a feasible scheme, we will carry out another consultation which the whole community will again be invited to and anticipate this being in early 2011.”
“The size of the development will be crucial,’ added Amanda. “DROVS is continuing to carry out its own consultations. The government has recently announced that it intends to amend the law to allow residents to have more influence in planning matters. DROVS intends to take full advantage of this change.”