Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Shirley, Birmingham

Sainsbury's wanted to open a Sainsbury's Local store on Haslucks Green Road in Shirley, Solihull. Residents gathered over 1000 signatures on a petition. Key concerns include parking as it is already quite congested and is a bus route. Across the road is a retirement home and there is concern over the noise pollution of large delivery vans disturbing the elderly late at night and early in the morning.

More than 13 years after Asda first tried to build a supermarket in Shirley the scheme was given the go-ahead after a public inquiry and will comprise the Asda superstore, 28 shops, 27 houses, 23 apartments and 55 retirement flats. The inquiry was launched after Solihull Council’s planning committee refused the scheme in December 2010 and again in February 2011.


The "Keep Shirley Alive" group led a campaign since the 1980s against an unpopular development of a large ASDA superstore initially on an old office site and then on a former TA site, extending onto parkland. The group took its remit from numerous public meetings and a referendum it organised which showed that local residents did not want another large superstore. Reasons include: the number of supermarkets we already have, anticipated additional traffic to an already busy area, damage to local retail businesses due to the one-stop nature of large superstores, amongst others.

In 2006 the Council approved the planning application made by its own development partner and then agreed to sell our parkland to assist it. In July 2007 the Council made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in relation to land needed to complete its proposals for the redevelopment of Shirley town centre. On application by the developer, Shirley Advance, the Secretary of State proposed to make an associated order to stop up public highway affected by the proposed development.

United Kingdom
52° 24' 33.5916" N, 1° 49' 23.4912" W
Birmingham GB

Campaign Updates
Shirley, Birmingham

21 July 2011
Plans approved

By Planning Inspector following public inquiry.

8 May 2008
Public inquiry started