Tesco has dropped plans for a supermarket in Stirchley – 19 years after it was first proposed.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK & ROI CEO, said the supermarket chain made the “difficult decision” not to go ahead after a “detailed review”.

Mr Davies, released the following statement: “Following a detailed review we have taken the very difficult decision not to proceed with our planned Stirchley superstore. This decision was not taken lightly and we realise that many people locally will be disappointed. We are grateful for the support that has been shown for our plans over the years and our priority now will be to ensure the site is sold so that it can play a positive part in Stirchley’s future development.”

In December, Lidl was granted planning permission to open a new branch in nearby Pershore Road.

Selly Oak Labour MP Steve McCabe, said: “I’m very shocked to hear that Tesco will no longer be building the superstore local residents were promised years ago. I understand that the decision is based on financial circumstances but this news is a real blow to my constituents who’ve shown a lot of goodwill and patience over the past few years over the store.”

I’m concerned about the loss of jobs and will be having further discussions with Tesco about their decision not to go ahead with the superstore. It seems to me that the decision to approve the Lidl store at the nearby Fitness First site is the last straw.”