Residents’ Survey for Neighbourhood Forum

Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum was set up in response to an initiative taken by, amongst others, this Society. The Forum is now making its first foray into gaining opinions from the community and resident are urged to respond to that survey. It appears that Knowle residents have responded well so far with 56% of the 400 replies having come from this community.

Every household should have been delivered a copy of the survey and is encouraged to return it completed or complete it online by 10th June. More details are in the attachments here.

Survey Leaflet Final 160516

Survey Poster A3 Blck on Yell Final

Public Meeting on SMBC’s Local Plan Review consultation



The Knowle, Dorridge & Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum is holding an extraordinary meeting on 13th January at 7pm at Arden School, dedicated to discussion of the new housing development options outlined in Solihull Council’s recent Local Plan Review consultation document.

Given that a number of these options could directly affect our Neighbourhood, please do take this opportunity to learn more about what they could mean and to make your views known as part of the Forum’s response to SMBC. Please also spread the word to friends and neighbours.

A link to the agenda is attached below. It would really help if you could confirm your attendance by clicking on, just putting ‘Yes’ in the subject line and sending.

KDBH Agenda 13 Jan 2016

Waitrose proposal for Knowle “on hold”

A Waitrose spokesman has advised The Knowle Society “The well documented changes in trading patterns across the supermarket sector have impacted the viability of the planned Waitrose in Knowle and sadly it has been necessary to put our plans on hold for now whilst we continue to monitor market conditions.

Our aspiration to deliver a quality food store which will help the village continue to thrive remains the same, however we do not feel it would be fair to residents to start work without absolute confidence of when it will open.

We recognise the delay will cause some disappointment and frustration, which we share. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are grateful to local people for their understanding. The intention of Waitrose and the developer, Kimberley, is still to make a major investment and make a positive contribution to Knowle in the future.”

The spokesperson also kindly expressed appreciation of the time invested by The Knowle Society in the project.