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Super redevelopment for Severn Trent HQ site

A new supermarket is to be built on the site of the former Severn Trent Water headquarters in Sheldon, Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council approved the plans submitted by planning consultants CSJ Brooke Smith on behalf of client Chase Midland Estate. As part of the planning consent, Chase Midland Estate will make a major investment in the Sheldon district.

The outline planning permission will see the building of a 107,300 sq ft (9,969 sq m) supermarket, together with 544 car parking spaces; some of these will be below the building, which will sit on stilts. No occupier has yet been confirmed but there are ongoing negotiations with major retailers. The final design will require an additional consent. The permission allows both food and non-food items to be sold.

The site on the main A45 route in Sheldon has become vacant since the water company moved its base to Coventry. The owners will fund a number of major highway improvements, including the provision of a filter lane for traffic approaching from the direction of Birmingham Airport.

The pedestrian subway, which crosses the Coventry Road, will have £200,000 spent on improving it. Originally, CSJ Brooke Smith looked at providing a surface level crossing but this would have led to delays for traffic using one of the city’s prime arterial routes, so the subway will be transformed instead, making it safe and much easier to negotiate.

Meanwhile the area as a whole will receive a £350,000 cash injection in the form of a contribution to the management of Sheldon town centre.

Associate director Will Charlton said: “We are very pleased that the scheme has won planning permission. It will be a huge boost for the local economy, bringing jobs and investment. It will help to kick-start the regeneration of this part of the city.”

Along with the food store, the two storey building will also provide a customer café, service yard, another retail unit and a glazed atrium with passenger conveyors, lifts and stairs leading up to store level. Warehouse and storage areas are also included.

More details of the scheme can be found at www.sheldonretail.co.uk