An agreement has finally been reached to create a masterplan for a dilapidated eyesore in Shirley, which has been vacant for almost twenty years.
The Powergen site has been derelict since owners ASDA halted plans to redevelop the land while they fought a long-running battle to win approval for a supermarket in Shirley town centre.
Controversially, they have not paid any empty property business rates for almost ten years of that time, due to claims the premises were in such poor condition they could not be occupied.
But with locals’ continuous calls for regeneration, and Parkgate now open, partners Solihull Council, Asda and Shirley Advance have agreed to create a redevelopment masterplan for the offices, at the junction of Stratford Road and Haslucks Green Road. A Solihull Council spokesperson said the current vision is for a predominantly high density residential scheme, including a accommodation for the elderly. The council refused to comment on alleged negotiations between themselves and Asda regarding plans to create a petrol station on the site.
Robert Birch, of Shirley Advance, said: “It’s great that we are finally in a position to work with the council and ASDA. It has been an eyesore for far too long but, as we have said many times before, nothing was going to happen until Parkgate was finished. We are keen to deliver the best possible scheme at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Councillor Ian Courts, Solihull’s cabinet member for economic development and land, said: “I’m very much looking forward to a new name for the scheme, so that we can respectfully banish ‘Powergen site’ to the dustbin of history.”
Public exhibitions for the masterplan are scheduled for September.