Stirchley – Seven Capital's retail park amended plans

Comments sent 30/11/19 to Birmingham planning, application number 2018/10370/PA. Deadline for comments: Sunday 1 December 2019.

To comment: go to the council planning portal at https://eplanning.birmingham.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorer/ApplicationSearch.aspx and put in the planning application number in the search box, making sure there are no extra spaces at the end, or you'll get no results.

1. Commercial outline plans: 2018/10370/PA
2. Residential outline plans: 2018/10368/PA

And if like me, you can't submit through the portal's form, then you can email comments (with name, planning number, etc) to : planningandregenerationenquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

After talking to other Superstirchley members, here are some supermarket-related comments on application number : 2018/10370/PA – the retail outline plans for Land at Hazelwell Lane Stirchley Birmingham B30.

As a member of Superstirchley – a local campaign group of residents which is concerned about supermarkets applying to build in the area and how this will be managed overall – I am concerned that the anchor retail store (a suggested Aldi) is now redundant.
 
With Morrison's taking over the Coop, one of the main arguments by local community for a cheaper supermarket in the area has been addressed. We need to give Morrison's a chance to survive and not be undercut by an Aldi literally over the road.
 
I want to also say that Stirchley is still in a supermarket battle over Lidl wanting to develop a site on Pershore Rd/Cartland Road – which had its planning overturned but in the meantime decimated local sports and leisure facilities.
 
Lidl is just a five minute walk to the new Morrison's. We would advocate that any new supermarket development take place at the other end of Stirchley so that residents from the new Hazelwells estate and Cotteridge can access a supermarket. The concentration of a Morrisons, Farm Foods, Aldi and Lidl at one end of Stirchley is bad news for the community, for traffic and for community needs.
 
There are two small retail outlets in the planning – we'd like to see more so that more independents can move into the area, which is developing a unique character based around non-chain and cooperative-run businesses – which is made sustainable by local community support. There used to be a row of shops where one of the units is located. We'd like to see that reinstated in the planning.
 
On a positive note, I'm happy the drive-thru option has been dropped. There was little support for this and it shows we have a chance to get the planning right for Stirchley's needs and wants.