Neighbours have been given the first look at a proposed new supermarket which could lead to a popular Birmingham pub being flattened.
Regulars at Kings Norton boozer The Navigation found out in September their pub was under threat and started campaigning with meetings, a petition and even formed a committee to fight any proposals.
They’ve been arguing that the Wharf Road pub is too busy to be closed and that a new supermarket is unnecessary - and could even harm local traders. Many are also worried about the increase in traffic.
However the plans, from Midlands Co-Operative Society Ltd and pub owners Spirit Group Retail, only formally landed on Birmingham Council’s desk recently.
The companies are proposing a new supermarket with 57 car parking spaces including two parent and child, three disabled and eight staff and cycle spaces. And The Navigation will have to be knocked down first to make way for the new store on the site, home to a pub since at least 1840.
The plans for the store include a design and access statement by Nicol Thomas Architects. It reads: “We feel the proposed development will enhance existing provisions within the local district, contributing to the sustainability of the locality through quality modern building conveniently situated.
“We hope that the advantages of this development, as well as the overall benefits to the local community that can be achieved with the comprehensive redevelopment of the site, will be supported by Birmingham City Council.”
A transport assessment, by David Tucker Associates, has also been handed in. It reads: “This Transport Assessment concludes the proposed development will have no material impact on the safety or operation of the adjacent highway network.”
Diane Rogers, owner of The Green Pet Shop, is a member of the committee opposed to the new supermarket. She said the group would be writing to council planners with their official objection to the proposals and that a meeting of the group would be held soon.