Sainsbury’s amended application for a new foodstore at the Forest Court site in Dorridge has been approved by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s planning committee. (8th August 2013)
The changes within the application relate only to the internal layout and configuration of the building. The building footprint, the shop units and look of the building will not change from the scheme that has a planning consent.
Sainsbury’s will increase the sales area to a maximum of 24,500 sq ft by reconfiguring the back of house areas of the proposed store. The increase would enable the inclusion of non-food goods that are not currently available in Dorridge. The car park has also been reconfigured to incorporate five additional spaces.
Following further discussions with Dyhouse Pharmacy, a tenant of the new retail units, the internal size and shape of their unit has been redrawn to give them the shop environment they require. Sainsbury’s also now intends to run the first floor café area. All of the other units will remain available to the open market.
Sainsbury's will aim to open the store by late 2014. The local community will be kept informed at every stage of the development.