Sainsbury’s plans new supermarket in Hamstead




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Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is to seek planning permission for a new 30,000 sq ft store on an old industrial site between Old Walsall Road and Austin Way.

The store will focus on groceries and have a cafe/restaurant and parking spaces for 300 vehicles. The site will also include six employment units for new and existing businesses with parking spaces and their own access from Austin Way.

Representatives of Sainsbury’s outlined their plans for the store at a meeting of Handsworth Wood Ward Committee held at Hamstead Hall School, Craythorne Avenue on 20 February. The meeting was part of a consultation process which began last year.

If the proposal gets the go-ahead the new store will create around 200 full- and part-time jobs. The company says, ‘Our policy is to recruit the majority of colleagues from the local community and we will work closely with the local Jobcentre Plus to ensure this is achieved.’

The main concern of residents at February’s meeting was the possible impact of the store on rush hour traffic. Hamstead Hill and Old Walsall Road are a major access route for motorists heading to and from the A34.

Sainsbury’s says it has already addressed these concerns: ‘As a result of public feedback we have made some revisions to the plans, mostly relating to highways. These include the introduction of a site access roundabout on Old Walsall Road and junction alterations at Rocky Lane and Hamstead Road to provide safer and improved traffic flow.

‘In addition, the relocation of bus stops on each side of Old Walsall Road will provide sustainable and safe pedestrian access to the store.’

The planning application is likely to go to Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee in the next few weeks although the company could not say when construction of the store would start if the application is agreed.

Full details of the proposal can be found on a dedicated website at www.sainsburys-hamstead.co.uk To discuss or comment on the scheme ring 0800 975 5299. Residents can also comment on the planning application when it is submitted. For further information follow thehandsworthherald blog by subscribing to the RSS feed or follow @mickattheherald on Twitter.