Plan to build Sainsbury's store on pub car park lodged

A new Sainsbury’s store is set to be built on a pub car park in Streetly, creating 20 new jobs.

Artist's impression of a proposed new Sainsbury's store on the car park of Farmer John's public house in Aldridge Road, Streetly. Photo: CHQ Architects
Artist's impression of a proposed new Sainsbury's store on the car park of Farmer John's public house in Aldridge Road, Streetly. Photo: CHQ Architects

The retail giant has put forward plans to create the convenience store on the car park at the Farmer John’s public house on Aldridge Road.

It would take up 40 per cent of the space on the ‘overly-large’ parking space.

Sainsbury’s said the single-storey store would complement the pub and surrounding area if the proposal is given the go-ahead by Walsall Council planners.

Currently the site has 100 parking spaces for the pub, but under the plans this would reduce to 59 for Farmer John’s while Sainsbury’s would have 21 spaces, resulting in the overall loss of 20 parking spots.

In the application, agents CHQ Architects said: “The application site is currently used as part of the customer car park for the Farmer John's public house.

“The existing car park area has been deemed oversize to cater for the general usage of the public house and as a result the balance of space offered up to create a standalone convenience supermarket within the site boundary.

“The proposal is to reduce the public house customer car park by 40 per cent and create a convenience supermarket together with its associated car parking, servicing and plant area within the land relinquished.

“The existing access to the site from Aldridge Road is to be retained and shared by both occupiers; convenience supermarket and public house.

“The proposed convenience supermarket building has been designed to reflect the urban vernacular roofscape of the surrounding properties.

“The simple portal frame design is both modern in appearance while being sympathetic to the building usage and creating vertical articulation and interest.”

Planning consultants Alder King added: “It is clear that the application proposals will provide an acceptable development.

“The proposal provide will provide a much needed locally focussed convenience food store on previously developed land that will serve the needs of its immediate local population.

“The proposal will lead to no harm to the surrounding green belt and will not result in any adverse impacts on the surrounding Great Barr Conservation Area either; the character of this part of the conservation area will be preserved.

“The design and siting of the proposal will result in a high quality, sustainable development in a highly accessible location that responds positively to its surroundings, and the additional landscaping proposed will lead to a net gain of trees at the site.”

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