Update on Sainsbury’s proposal for the former Battery site

August 2012

 

You may be aware that the Sainsbury’s planning application to build on the former Battery site is currently making its way through Birmingham City Council’s planning process.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to inform residents that Birmingham City Council has decided to re-open the public consultation process for your comments on the revised proposals; in light of recent recommendations by the Council’s Planning Department.

I wrote to local residents in February 2012 to consult them on the latest plans. You can see the results of this consultation on my website at http://stevemccabe-mp.org.uk/node/301. I met with Sainsbury’s in Selly Oak in March 2012 and passed on the results of my consultation; I am pleased this influenced the revised application and particularly happy to see that Sainsbury’s took the decision to restore the historic Lapal Canal link and provide a GP’s surgery; and scale down the size of the proposed retail development.

As I said in my letter to local residents, I believe redevelopment should not come at any price. The size of the retail sector could pose a major threat to local shopping centres such as Cotteridge, Selly Oak and Stirchley. My concerns are shared by the Council’s Planning Department who have said the development is “skewed too far in favour of retail”. The Planning Committee, composed of Councillors, also raised concerns about the lack of land or development space set aside for high-technology industry or scientific research; part of a longer term aim for the area under the A38 Corridor Strategy. Sainsbury’s may further revise their application in light of these comments.

I will be keeping a close eye on the next stage of the process, as Sainsbury’s and the Planning Department continue to work together to modify the proposals in the best interests of residents.

If you have any comments to make on the latest proposal, please visit Planning Online at http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline, click ‘Access Planning Online’ and search for planning application reference 2012/01565/PA. You can comment online or you can write to Mr Waheed Nazir, Director of Planning and Regeneration, Birmingham City Council, PO Box 28, Birmingham, B1 1TU. The consultation is due to end on the 15 August 2012.

If you have any comments you’d like to share with me directly, you can write to me at Steve McCabe MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, e-mail me at stephen.mccabe.mp@parliament.uk or call my office on 0121 443 3878.

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