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Three year path to planning for Sainsbury's Dorridge project

THE Sainsbury’s application to redevelop the derelict Forest Court centre in Dorridge has divided the leafy village of Dorridge.

THE Sainsburys application to redevelop the derelict Forest Court centre in Dorridge has divided the leafy village of Dorridge.

With the proposal set to be considered for the second time at a Solihull Council planning meeting next Wednesday (November 30), the Solihull News took a look at how events unfolded.

DECEMBER 2008 - traders in the beleagured Forest Court precinct are told Sainsburys have bought the lease from Portfolio Investments, who had owned the precinct.

JANUARY 2009 - Sainsburys hold a consultation and an exhibition in Dorridge

FEBRUARY 2009 - Dorridge&District Residents Association (DDRA) meet with Sainsburys to discuss concerns raised in the consultation.

JUNE - Sainsburys present new plans to DDRA

NOVEMBER 2009 - The application is submitted to Solihull Council.

JANUARY 2010 - The Conservation Committee, made up of of members of the Planning Committee Residents Associations and Parish Councils object to the development

PRESSURE GROUP - Dorridge Residents Opposed to Village Superstore is formed in 2010

MARCH 2010 - Solihull Council officers recommend approval

MARCH - The application is refused by the Planning Committee on the grounds of scale - lack of parking, size and impact on the local centre and design.

JULY 2010 - Sainsburys publish a survey in an attempt to find a way forward for redeveloping the site and hold a workshop with around 35 local people .

NOVEMBER 2010 - Sainsburys hold a second workshop exploring the results of a questionnaire.

JANUARY 2011 - Sainsburys reveal a new design for Forest Court

FEBRUARY 2011 - a public exhibition is held by the supermarket giant

JUNE 2011 - Sainsburys Presentation of Revised Plans

NOVEMBER - 2011. Planning meetings delayed

NOVEMBER - 2011- Planning meeting scheduled for November 30 at 4.30pm

 

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