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Shirley scheme back on track

NEW plans for the centre of Shirley will be unveiled to the public this month.

NEW plans for the centre of Shirley will be unveiled to the public this month.

Developers Shirley Advance are planning a public exhibition, setting out the future of the controversial Parkgate scheme.

The development - with an ASDA superstore at its heart - has been delayed by a public inquiry and then the recession.

But after a quiet 12 months, Shirley Advance has announced the next phase of the scheme and a planning application will be submitted next month.

Robert Birch, from Shirley Advance, said: “It has been a tough 18 months in the property industry, but ‘Parkgate’ is very much alive and is now ready to move forward.

“We are pleased to show local people what’s changed and hope they will like what they see.”

And Solihull MP Lorely Burt has confirmed that a consultation will begin “very soon”.

“Shirley residents will be selected at random and there will be a full-consultation, which I don’t think has happened before.

“I think it’s absolutely crucial that small businesses are involved in the process as well.”

Parkgate - previously known as the Heart of Shirley development - was granted planning permission in 2006.

Many locals opposed the scheme, claiming it would damage smaller traders and local parkland.

Shirley Advance must now get the green-light for their new, amended proposal - with a scaled down ASDA and fewer car parking spaces

* Next week, the Solihull News speaks to Shirley Advance about the revised plans.



Cathrina Hulse
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