By-pass – drop-in meetings

If you are concerned, as is the Knowle Society, to see the land allocated to the route of the proposed Knowle by-pass being kept as open spaces rather than being released for building – please come and chat to us informally over a cup or tea/coffee and biscuits at Knowle Village Hall on:

Friday 8 March 5pm-7pm
Saturday 9 March 10am-12am

There will be members of the Society present and helpful displays to assist in appreciating the land areas and issues involved. Your comments and expressions of concern on the subject would be really valuable in our exploration of this opportunity.

Waitrose store approved

Solihull Council has approved the application to build a Waitrose store and associated works in Knowle.

The vote was carried by 8 to 1. A significant list of conditions was attached to this approval. Construction work is unlikely to commence before Summer 2013. The chairman of The Knowle Society’s Planning Committee spoke against the application largely on the grounds of inadequate parking provision.

The members of the Committee were very complimentary about the input to this process that came from The Knowle Society, which had contributed positively to the sympathetic final design of the store.

Development Plans to Council

Two important local developments are going forward to the Planning Committee of SMBC:

  • McCarthy & Stone’s application in respect of Chesshire House and the Greswolde Garage is due to be heard at 4.30pm in the Civic Suite on Wednesday 17th October 2012.
  • Kimberley Development’s application in respect of the ‘Waitrose’ development has been postponed to give the planning officers more time to prepare and is now expected to be heard at the November 2012 meeting.