In response to the consultation by Solihull MBC on its Draft Local Plan Proposals, The Knowle Society has today (17 Feb 2017) made its views known to the Council through the attached document. As with such consultations, response times are quite constrained; however the subject has immense implications for Knowle and a response from the Society is both imperative and expected.
We have learnt that, due to works involved in replacing a gas main, parts of Lodge Road and St John's Close will be closed and/or subject to one-way working for parts of the next four weeks, depending on the progress of the works. The works will require a one-way traffic flow along Lodge Road, Knowle from Monday 6th February to Friday 24th February 2017 as follows:
• from its junction with Warwick Road to junction with Dell Farm Close.
• from outside 15-17 Lodge Road to outside electricity substation on Lodge Road.
• from outside 53 Lodge Road to outside flats at 78-102 St Johns Close.
The traditional post-Christmas walk takes place again this year, so why not stretch your legs on a gentle 3 mile walk with mulled wine and mince pies at the end - as if you needed more to eat!
Starts from the Guild House prompt at 11am - ALL welcome, so bring the family & guests. No dogs please, they struggle with the stiles and fall in the canal. Weather guaranteed; I don't know what it'll be, but there will be weather! The walk takes place anyway.
The Neighbourhood Forum has been very busy in the past year analysing the community's views on potential locations for any additional housing that we are required to find room for in Knowle. Last week the Council unexpectedly released their plans, which are completely at odds with the emerging local views.
The number of houses proposed is far higher than expected and the sizes of the developments do not fit with the sizes of developments suggested by the community.
The Forum is holding a meeting at Arden Academy at 7pm on Wednesday Dec 7th.