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Residents slam store over ‘blunder’ claim

THE pressure group fighting plans for a large supermarket in Dorridge has hit back at Sainsbury’s who had accused them of making a ‘blunder’ with planning figures.

THE pressure group fighting plans for a large supermarket in Dorridge has hit back at Sainsbury’s who had accused them of making a ‘blunder’ with planning figures.

Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore (DROVS) insist their numbers are those provided in the official planning application from Sainsbury’s which say the planned development at Forest Court is 48 per cent bigger than the retailer’s previous scheme in 2009.

But the supermarket claimed last week that DROVS figures were ‘inaccurate and misleading’ saying the sales area of the proposed Sainsbury’s store is 1,812sqm and the previous scheme was 2,460sqm meaning a 26 per cent reduction in net floorspace.

A spokesperson for DROVS said: “We are disappointed they did not take time to make a considered response, to read their own planning application and then admit to their mistake.

“In section 18, on page five of the Sainsbury’s planning application form, the total internal floor space of the new development is given as 8,310 square metres.

“When you take off the doctors’ surgery (303 sq m) to compare like for like, that is a 48 per cent increase compared to the equivalent in the 2009 application, which put the development at 5,396 sq m.”

“Despite what our local representatives may say, it seems that Sainsbury’s is not interested in a dialogue.”

 

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