Update on The Knowle Society’s understanding of the proposal to develop a Waitrose store in Knowle.
It is general knowledge that a development company, acting on behalf of Waitrose (part of The John Lewis Partnership) is intending to submit an application for a Waitrose food store in Knowle.
Representatives of Knowle Society have had two preliminary meetings with the person in charge of this scheme, in which we were told (in confidence) of their interest in the development. At that stage the plans were no more than general thoughts. We were told that they would not normally have approached us at that stage as their plans were not advanced enough, but they felt that the news about the Sainsbury plans required them to do so.
We have had a second meeting to see how their plans were developing and this enabled us to comment on aspects we were not comfortable with. However there was nothing concrete enough for us to comment publicly upon.
Even though the news about the intention to build the store is now public we do not have solid enough information to comment upon. We are awaiting further contact with the company and will ensure that Members of the Society are given any information as soon as possible.
The project to improve the area around and including the bus shelter is still at a very early stage – it has yet to produce formal plans or to raise any significant funding. However the consultants Groundwork West Midlands, are about to embark on the first stage.
The Knowle Green Project is scheduled to begin on the 18th May 2009. This first phase will entail the Landscape Architect and the main Architect identifying and developing a full working plan to deliver the contract, with SMBC, up to writing the bid and submitting it for further funding. As per the agreement with the local partners there is already a framework to work with. By the end of May there will be a full detailed plan of what will be done, how, by whom and when. That and all future reports will be submitted to SMBC and KGCP
The Knowle Society has been advised that a planning application has now been submitted to Solihull Council for a marina adjacent to Knowle Locks behind Wyndley Garden Centre – confirmation on the council’s website of this news is still awaited. The application is based on a revision of the proposal put forward by Somerville Homes at a public presentation last year.
We would like to have your views on the possible revitalisation of the toilet block, bus shelter and surrounding area at the Station Road / Warwick Road junction in Knowle. This a joint consultation between Knowle & Dorridge Rotary Club, The Knowle Society, Knowle Traders and Solihull Council.
A Consultation Document (8pp) on the Knowle Green Community Project was launched at the Festival in the Park on 21st June and may be downloaded (see below). You can also download a separate copy of the Questionnaire alone (2pp).
Replies are requested by 26th July, please.
A further ‘Open Day’ is planned for Saturday 12th July in the Guild House (times to be announced).
The Stripes Hill marina proposal has been wthdrawn for further work before submission. A public consultation for this proposal took place in the Village hall on 14 June.
The marina saga continues. The Knowle Society received a phone call from the MD of the applicant for the Stripes Hill proposal on 28th May. He confirmed that the application had been temporarily withdrawn. This is because SMBC requires several more reports and surveys and there will be insufficient time to obtain these before the nominal deadline for the end of consultation.
The planned public consultation took place in the Village Hall on Saturday 14th June.
Any comments on the exhibition may also be addressed to Peter Ewin (Chairman, Planning sub-committee). The Knowle Society wants to be able to represent the views of a wide cross-section of local people to this very substantial proposal. Another alternative is to use the new Forum for discussion on The Knowle Society’s website – the link to this Forum is on the home page of this website.