German food giant Aldi has lodged an appeal to overrule council officers who rejected proposals to build a new supermarket in Great Barr.
Twelve months ago, Aldi’s application on Old Horns Crescent was rubbished by each of the 11 planning committee members who concluded that the “disbenefits outweighed the benefits”.
Planning chiefs, who voted unanimously against the plans, also cited “detrimental” effects of the loss of protected trees, open space and its poor location near the Old Horns roundabout.
However, this week, an appeal has been made by Aldi Stores Ltd to the Department for Communities and Local Government against Birmingham City Council’s decision to refuse the application.
Now, an inspector appointed by the DCLG will determine this appeal on the basis of a hearing.
Speaking this week, Oscott councillor Keith Linnecor said: “I feel sad that Aldi could not make a compromise regarding their planning application for Old Horns Crescent.
“Clearly the destruction of so many protected trees is a major factor for Birmingham City Council’s objections.
“The protection of these trees will also help safeguard the wildlife on the neighbouring nature reserve and, even should money be made available to help the reserve, it would not make up for the damage done.
“Aldi, I understand, have a reputation for caring for the environment however, in this case, has clearly gone out of the window.
“I hope they will still, even at this late stage, consider the local environment and modify their plans.
“I would also ask residents to let the Government planning inspectorate who make the decision regarding this application know their views.”
Comments residents made to the council at the time of the application will be forwarded to the planning inspectorate.
However, any additional comments people make should be submitted by March 13 via the planning inspectorate website quoting APP/P4605/W/17/3182279.