Steve McCabe MP backs Tesco’s Stirchley Store planning application

Steve McCabe has expressed his broad support for Tesco’s planning application for a store in Stirchley.


Tesco’s planning application will be deliberated by Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday 17 October 2013 after many years of delay over legal wrangling. Tesco first submitted a planning application to turn the site on Hazelwell Street into a brand new super store in 2004 which was approved, however because of circumstances out of Tesco’s control nothing has moved on.


Tesco are now seeking fresh outline planning permission from Birmingham City Council for the store. If granted Tesco hope to start building in 2014 with an aim to open the new store before Christmas 2015. 


As well as a new superstore, the plans include a new public space at the corner of Pershore Road and Hazelwell Street, a plaza area between the Tesco Store and the British Oak Public House and bay parking specifically for local residents.


Steve said:

“I am supporting Tesco’s planning application because I really want to see this part of Stirchley brought back to life, this site has sat derelict for too long. Stirchley high street has suffered over recent years with the decline of traditional high street shopping and while I don’t believe the Tesco store will solve all of Stirchley’s problems it will act as a catalyst for regeneration and bring some much needed jobs to this area.


“I understand that not everyone will be happy with every aspect of Tesco’s plans but I think it would be a mistake if this project was delayed because of opposition to specific points. When I speak to constituents they are telling me they want to see things moving and this site put back into use.”

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