2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Knowle Conservation Area, in which the Society played a major part.  It covers most of the High Street and parts of the roads adjoining it.  The establishment has had a great influence in preserving the best of this area and in guiding the developments to protect its character.

The document describing the Area and its ‘rules’ can be found at:-

This leads me to mention the most important local document since then – the Neighbourhood Plan.  This has reached a critical stage where it needs your help and input.  As you will know it is being produced by the Neighbourhood Forum, a body established at Knowle Society’s initiative.  The Plan is now at its final Draft stage and the Forum is extremely keen to get your views on it, to ensure it is as good as it possibly can be.

Consultation on the Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Draft Neighbourhood Plan ends at midnight on the 12 January 2018.  Make sure your views are known before it’s too late!

The Draft Plan can be viewed online at:-


and reference copies are available at Knowle Library. Printed copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan are available to borrow for up to a week from Liz Hulse 07598 641463 or DDRA 01564 772410.

Please look at this and comment, even if only on one or two of the sections.

Discover the Potential Development Sites

Discover the Potential Development Sites

Interested in finding out exactly where the over a thousand new houses that have been proposed for development in Knowle in the Draft Local Plan will be sited? Join The Knowle Society for an evening tour of the sites, approximately a three mile walk, on Wednesday 24th May. This stroll will commence at 7pm from the Car Park of Knowle (Jobs Close) Park. All are welcome. As this will involve exploring some potentially muddy fields, suitable footwear is recommended.

Society’s response to Draft Local Plan Proposals consultation

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.

KS – 2017 Consultation Response to draft Local Plan Proposals – 17022017

KDBH Neighbourhood Forum response to Solihull Draft Local Plan – Final


Solihull Council proposals for 750 houses in the Arden Triangle and 300 houses off Hampton Rd

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.