We thought it would be a good idea to make it easier for people to make objections to the planning application to the Tesco store in Moseley, which is potentially very damaging to the sustainability of the independent shops in the area. Therefore, we have put together a few points that you could use, but objections must be in before tomorrow 1st April.

  • site is not large enough to ‘claw back’ significant amounts of trade from Kings Heath as the retail assessment says. Much more likely to divert trade from the supermarkets in Moseley centre whose parking is further away.
  • It’s an edge of centre site because it’s separated from the centre by a busy junction. People will not walk down to the centre to use the other shops. So a store of this size here (and with parking) is likely to divert trade from Moseley’s main shopping area and its diversity of shops, which will damage the viability of the existing centre.
  • there is not enough space for parking on the site for all the uses envisaged. This will cause illegal parking problems and congestion.
  • Lack of space means deliveries will need to be very early and therefore in a large lorry, which will cause noise problems
  • Because deliveries require a large lorry, the plans feature widened roadspace at the junctions, which is contrary to guidance for residential areas and will endanger pedestrians.
  • It will increase traffic considerably at what is already a very congested and problematic junction (Oxford and Wake Green rds), and this in turn is likely to affect the very busy junction with the Alcester Road.

Go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/planningonline – click access planning online, and copy in the application number 2009/05931/PA into the ‘application number search’ and click ‘search’. It’ll bring up one reference, click on the application number link and you’ll get the details including a bit that says “add comments here” click that and write your comments. You don’t have to use these, but they are here to give you some ideas.

So, get objecting now and save the Moseley area from this unwanted development.