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‘Horror and joy’ greet shop plan

SAINSBURY’S has unveiled its plans to redevelop the Forest Court Shopping Precinct.

SAINSBURY’S has unveiled its plans to redevelop the Forest Court Shopping Precinct.

The scheme has divided Dorridge, with some residents very much in favour of the proposals and other horrified about the impact they will have on the area.

A brand-new Sainsbury’s foodstore is at the heart of the plans, which would also see the introduction of a community facility and the relocation of the nearby doctor’s surgery.

This week the supermarket chain said that the scheme would revitalise the area and create up to 300 jobs.

Jamie Cowen, head of property development, said: “We are currently compiling our plans for a development in Dorridge, which will provide local people with a high quality new foodstore and easy access to popular Sainsbury’s brands.”

Although the plans include a number of small shops on Station Road, some of the traders who have leases at Forest Court are outraged by the decision to demolish the precinct.

With strong feelings on either side, Sainsbury’s have started a consultation period and are giving the public the opportunity to view the proposals in full.

A two-day exhibition will be held at the former Burchell Edwards estate agents at Forest Court itself. It will be open to the public from 10am-6pm on January 16 and from 9am-5pm on January 17.

People will be able to air their views prior to the supermarket chain lodging a planning application with Solihull Council.

 

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