A CONTROVERSIAL supermarket application has been backed by Dorridge & District Residents Association (DDRA).
The plans to build a Sainsbury’s store has divided opinion in Dorridge with a local opposition group - Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore (DROVS) active in the village.
Chairman of DDRA Ian Spencer said: “We feel there has been enough surveys.
"DROVS need to realise that there are a lot of people that do want this.
"There are worries about traffic and it does seem to have increased in Dorridge, but the majority of people who completed the survey in the actual application Sainsbury’s submitted during the January consultation, said they were content with the new design."
In an open letter from DDRA , the committee said 'there is a consensus for rebuilding Forest Court. While we agree that the proposal is larger than might be appropriate, we believe that the benefits of the redevelopment outweigh the risks.'
The letter added ‘many of the traffic problems we see at the moment are from local people who park and drive inconsiderately. The school car run is a national blight and not a sound reason to stop development. We are concerned that the pupils walking to school need to be protected from heavy traffic.’
Mr Spencer added: “Even within our own association there are people vehemently against it and there are others who are disappointed that there are those against the store.
"The committee isn’t divided - we understand the risks and we are clear in our own minds that on balance it’s a better thing.”