PLANS to extend Touchwood have been well received – with 81 per cent of people who filled in a questionnaire claiming they were in favour of the scheme.
We revealed on last week’s front page how local businesses which were set to be affected by the extension were calling for a re-think to stop it damaging their businesses, which it would do by eating up their staff car parks.
However, the view from the general public – or at least 81 per cent of the 237 people who answered the question during the public consultation – said they were in favour of the Touchwood extension.
More than 800 people turned out to the consultation at Solihull Library in March, with 270 questionnaires filled in at the event or online.
The extension proposals would create up to 30 new shops, cafes and restaurants and with them 400 permanent new jobs and a further 500 jobs during the construction process.
Andy Cole, General Manager of Touchwood, said: “It was great to hear the very positive feedback to the plans from local residents and businesses.
“There is a clear belief Touchwood brings a number of benefits to Solihull, from the quality of shops and restaurants to the employment opportunities it creates, but also that it needs to evolve to maintain its success.
“I would like to thank everyone that took the time to visit the exhibition. A number of good ideas and interesting observations where made, which are now being considered by the team.”