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Work won't start on Dorridge Sainsbury's this year.

DESPITE being given the go ahead to build a controversial new supermarket in Dorridge more than a year ago, Sainsbury’s say its construction will not begin in the near future.

DESPITE being given the go ahead to build a controversial new supermarket in Dorridge more than a year ago, Sainsbury's say its construction will not begin in the near future.

The store was finally approved by Solihull Council in November 2011 following a long campaign by objectors but Ben Littman, regional development manager for Sainsbury's, argued the retailer had not received full planning permission until the end of November 2012.

"The continued economic downturn during the drawn-out planning process, combined with a smaller store than the one we originally planned for, has led to us having to review in detail the viability of the scheme.

"This review means we are unable to include construction works in our plans for the year ahead," he explained.

Mr Littman moved to reassure locals that the supermarket would regularly review its plans and was working with the highway authority and the doctors surgery.

He added: "We will keep the community informed as the situation develops and I would also like to assure residents that the security of Forest Court will be maintained in the meantime."

Meanwhile the petrol station on Grange Road, now owned by Sainsbury's, is expected to open this summer.

Call Amy Kershaw or Richard Harris on Sainsbury's Freephone 0800 975 5299 with any questions.

 

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