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City Council sets new boundaries for Stirchley’s retail centre – and leaves out some favourite shops

October 12, 2012

As part of Birmingham’s Big City Plan, a new Shopping & Local Centres Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted in March 2012.  The aims of this document are to

  • Define the boundaries of each local centre in Birmingham’s hierarchy of shopping centres
  • Define the primary shopping area, where the main retail uses are concentrated
  • Set out policies to maintain the primary retail function of the centres.

According to the document – available at – Stirchley’s primary retail core stretches from Twyning Road in the north to Elm Tree Road/Mayfield Road in the south, taking in the Tesco site but not the Arvin Meritor (ASDA) site.  This means that some of Stirchley’s best known and established shops now fall outside the main shopping area – these include Wards the greengrocers, Ash Tree Pharmacy, Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Pandora’s Box and newcomers the Birmingham Bike Foundry.  During the consultation period, Tesco objected to this proposed boundary and requested that the primary retail core should terminate north of Hazelwell Road, and although the City Council did not  yield to Tesco’s demands on this occasion, their final definition of Stirchley’s retail core does not appear to reflect the High St as experienced by local people, and this document may even undermine the sustainability of some of the independent shops that give Stirchley its unique character and distinctive charm.



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  1. October 31, 2012 12:32 pm

    Your chance to ask Pete Wright about: new boundaries for Stirchley.
    Next Meeting of the Stirchley Neighbourhood forum,
    Monday 12th NOVEMBER
    South Area Planning & Regeneration Manager for BCC

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