PLANS have been announced for a new food-store on the site of Severn Trent’s Sheldon HQ.
Developers, Chase Midland Estates, have confirmed they are about to submit a planning application to Birmingham City Council.
They said that the proposals - for a three-storey building - would help to regenerate the shopping area
Tim Haslam, director of Chase Midland, said: “The application includes the closing of the unpopular underpasses and will provide overground pedestrian crossing at all junctions.
“And of course the new store will provide a range of jobs both part-time and full-time, which will help to support the local economy.”
The site would house a food store, cafe and a large car park - which will serve the retail area as a whole.
Severn Trent have had their head-office in Sheldon, since the utility was set up in 1974.
But almost three-years-ago, the water company announced plans to relocate to a new, £60m building in Coventry.
Officers in Monkspath and at Birmingham Business Park are among other branches which will be affected by the move.
Staff will vacate the Coventry Road premises later this year.
* Work is set to resume on a Tesco superstore, being built at at the Swan Shopping Centre.
The supermarket giant was forced to suspend work, following a legal row over compulsory purchase orders.
But now the dispute is over, construction will re-start on the Yardley store.