How is The Knowle Society planning to be involved in the discussions concerning this proposed development?
A planning application is expected to be submitted to Solihull MBC in the near future for the construction of a supermarket for Sainsbury in Dorridge. This has been widely mentioned in the press and a public consultation meeting has been held. At these it has been explained that the proposal will involve the replacement of Forest Court and the incorporation of the large car park behind into the store.
As this development is in Dorridge, it is outside the area which Knowle Society normally considers to be of direct interest. However it seems clear that the development has the potential to impact on the success of shops in Knowle and that much of the traffic attracted by the store is very likely to pass through Knowle. On this basis we have decided to pay close attention to these aspects and have accordingly met with representatives of Sainsbury to ensure that we are fully aware of the progression of their planning. This contact is being continued, especially as regards the routes to be followed by lorries supplying the store. It seems at the moment that these will pass through Knowle by some route. It will not be possible to see what effect we have had on the proposals until the planning application has been submitted. When this happens we will have another very large list of documents to understand before we can make our submission to the Council.
The plans as they were at the time of the public consultation in 2008 can be viewed by pasting this URL into your web browser:
We understand that some changes have been made to the plans since that time.
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).