A former industrial site in Birmingham which became part of a long-running 'supermarket war' could now be turned into housing.
New plans have been unveiled to build up to 101 houses on the former Arvin Meritor site, in Stirchley, bringing to an end disputes spanning over a decade to open a supermarket in the city suburb.
Asda submitted plans in summer 2011 to open a supermarket on the disused plot in Fordhouse Lane but drew objections from Tesco which said its planned store for nearby Hazelwell Lane should take precedence.
The Asda project, earlier incarnations of which date back to 2001, was eventually rejected by Birmingham City Council's planning committee over a year later, despite pleas from some councillors over the regeneration and employment opportunities being offered.
Asda appealed that decision but this was dismissed in summer 2013.
This was in addition to a separate legal wrangle lasting well over a decade between Tesco and Co-op which were both hoping to open supermarkets in Stirchley.
Tesco confirmed last year it had no intention of abandoning its plans, despite dropping other new developments around the UK, and has since been carrying out demolition work in Hazelwell Lane ahead of construction work due to start later this year.
Now, Revelan Group, which owns the former Arvin Meritor site, has gone back to the drawing board and submitted new proposals for residential development of the site, formally known as Lifford Park.
Coun Tim Huxtable (Con Bournville) said: "I very much support economic regeneration of the Arvin Meritor site but ideally I would like to have seen an application for it to be a business park for high-skilled technology jobs or life sciences to create employment.
"I understand demand for the new life sciences park in Selly Oak is so high that they were looking at Stirchley to see if it could be used as an alternative to act as an overspill.
"Because of local transport links, the site had been deemed suitable for that kind of use - it ticks many boxes.
"But I would always rather it be used for residential purposes, which will create jobs in the construction phase, than nothing at all."
The Arvin Meritor site was first developed as a brush works in the inter-war years and was later used as a car component factory.
It was eventually closed by the American parent company of Arvin Meritor and the majority of the buildings demolished in 2009 since when it has been used as a car park by city council staff based nearby.
Last year, budget retailer Lidl lodged separate plans to demolish the Fitness First gym in nearby Pershore Road and build a new supermarket there.