VERY IMPORTANT ITEM
The Council has published its Long-term Plan which includes details of the likely building on these two sites. It is vital that we feed back via the Neighbourhood Forum (as well as individually if you wish). The forum has published very useful videos explaining the issues and now need your feedback to help it support its evidence to the Council. It has published a questionnaire with explanations. PLEASE find the time to complete it. The more of us do, the better the chance of influencing the outcome and minimising the impact on Knowle (and our neighbours). Knowle Society will work in conjuction with the Forum and its survey results in preparing our own responses.
Click on this link to go to the survey:-
On this page we will provide our emerging analysis of what Solihull Council’s Draft Local Plan (SLP) means for KDBH. We are also keen to seek a wide range of community views.
The videos can be viewed here:
This is the draft of the plan that will control development in Solihull over the next period up to 2036. It covers all aspects of life in Solihull including housing, business, environment, travel and health.
Red areas are housing, hatched green areas are protected wildlife etc spaces, pale green is the remaining Green Belt.
For Knowle it confirms plans for housing developments on Hampton Rd; one on the current football club site, and one on the other side of the road on the former Thackers Nurseries site. Replacement sports facilities would be provided near the canal. It also confirms plans for housing on the ‘Arden Triangle’ with redevelopment of Arden Academy and provision of another primary school.
It mentions the need for improvements in travel and facilities, although it doesn’t specifically mention health services.
It is clear that this marks (another) major change for Knowle so it is vital that as many people as possible look at the plans and comment upon them. You can find all the detail at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr. The Neighbourhood Forum will be playing a major role in reviewing the plans, as will the Knowle Society’s Planning Committee, but individual comments will carry weight as well, so please do what you can to improve the plan.
The Forum and the Society have both objected to the application to demolish the garden centre and replace it with a large development consisting of an:-
“extra care facility comprising: a village care centre; 39 No. one and two bedroom care suites; 46 No. one and two bedroom care apartments; and associated works,”
To read the Forum’s letter of objection click on the link here:-
The Society’s objection followed similar lines:- the impact on the Green Belt; the lack of need considering the large number of similar facilities already in the area; and the impact of the additional traffic generated.
Some Members will be aware that we have taken a keen interest in an increasing frequency of non-compliance with the conditions in approved planning applications. Whilst it is outside our ‘patch’, we objected against this appeal as the enlarged development was completely ‘out-of-kilter’ with the shops in Station Approach – a Conservation Area – as well as its location alongside the Station Buildings.
The issue has now been resolved and the owners have been given six months to rectify the situation. View the details here.