IT’S been a village divided but a packed council chamber saw Solihull councillors give a unanimous thumbs up to the controversial Sainbury’s supermarket application in Dorridge on Wednesday evening (November 30).
More than 100 people filed into the council chamber with more turned away to much discontent as battle lines were drawn between members of DROVS - the pressure group fighting for a smaller store - and Sainsbury’s supporters. Both sides wore badges proclaiming their loyalty but it was the supermarket which was declared victor as all nine planning committee members voted to approve the revised proposal with conditions including a travel mangement plan, demolition method and parking, attached.
Councillor Glenis Slater (Liberal Democrat) Elmdon said: “I think Sainsbury’s have worked very hard to suit the needs of residents.
“Dorridge is not the village it was. How much more smaller do we want the store to be?”
Councillor Robert Hulland (Conservatives ) Silhill added: “This is a community divided which is not healthy.
“Forest Court is well past its prime and something has to be done.”
Nick Cromie from DROVS speaking after the meeting said: “We are extremely disappointed. There were a number of factual errors in the discussion and the biggest disappointment was not having an open debate in Dorridge.”
Michael Adenmosun, Sainsbury’s regional development executive said: “We’re delighted with the commitee’s approval and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Dorridge who have shown such strong support for the revised plans.”