The former Morrisons site redevelopment proposals
The old Morrisons supermarket site has been bought by West Midlands-based developer called Macc Living, who have submitted an application for a mixed-use development which will provide both purpose-built care facilities and accommodation for the elderly, alongside new, non-age restricted homes.
Thank you to all residents who took part in our pre-application consultation. As a result of your feedback, we have made significant changes to the design of our scheme to reflect the views of local residents. A summary of the key changes we have made to the scheme can be seen below.
The newly designed scheme can be viewed in its entirety on the council’s planning portal by clicking here or by searching for application number PL/2021/00086/PPFL on the council’s website.
In addition, we have also started a poll for local residents to decide the name of this new development from a list of proposed names which reflect the history and character of Shirley. You can vote for your favourite by clicking here.
The old Morrisons store
Morrisons closed and vacated the site over 12 months ago and since then it has been vacant. No supermarket or other retailer have expressed an interest in occupying the site.
The retail sector is undergoing significant changes and the future use of this site for a supermarket is not viable or likely as a new occupier would wish to demolish and rebuild the store to meet their needs.
The current site is therefore essentially derelict and an eyesore. The site needs to be brought into a viable use to contribute more positively to the locality and streetscene.
View from Solihull Road
Macc Living is proposing a new multi-generational residential development which will regenerate the site and provide much-needed new homes in the heart of Shirley.
This will include 88 residential units which will be non-age restricted, while an 84-bed care home will also be provided to meet the needs of Shirley’s aging population.
In addition to the new homes, a commercial use will be provided on the site alongside some leisure facilities such as a physiotherapy gym and restaurant which will be open to all in the community.
View from Sutherland Road
Changes in response to feedback
Our proposals have been changed significantly in response to feedback from residents and other local stakeholders. We are working hard with the council’s officers to bring forward a scheme that will bring benefits to future and existing residents in Shirley and we are pleased that we have been able to respond constructively to resident feedback. Some of the key changes include:
Reducing the height of the proposed building by three storeys overall, with the majority of the buildings being either 3 or 4 storeys in height, with 5-storeys with a set-back sixth floor fronting the main Stratford Road
Changing the access arrangements to allow vehicles to turn right into the site so avoiding U-turns or three-point turns on Sunderland Avenue or elsewhere
Reducing the amount of care accommodation proposed through removal of all Extra Care Apartments on site and replacing them with more homes instead
Working with the Urban Designer to improve the design to better integrate the proposed development into its surroundings, redesigning the Solihull Road elevation completely and incorporating red brick into the Stratford Road elevation
We are confident that the revised scheme will contribute very positively to its surroundings and would like to thank residents for their comments which have shaped the final designs.
View from Stratford Road
How will this development be environmentally sustainable?
Macc Living is committed to delivering environmentally and socially sustainable developments.
These plans will create new green spaces, including a courtyard garden, landscaped pedestrian access areas and will retain and improve the existing landscaped spaces along Sutherland Avenue with new trees and planted areas.
We are working with the council’s landscape experts to ensure that we are planting the best trees, being mindful of wanting to provide the cleanest air for both our residents and the residents of neighbouring streets.
View from Stratford Road
What should the new development be called?
We are calling on local residents to decide on what the new development should be called. We have consulted a number of local stakeholders on potential names with historical connections to Shirley to provide a shortlist of potential names below.
If you would like a say on the name of this new development, please feel free to vote below: