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.
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.
Copies of the Society’s submissions to Solihull Council on applications by Kimberley Developments in St Johns’s Close for a Waitrose store and by McCarthy & Stone for a development at Chesshire House may be found on our Planning page – follow the ‘Commentaries on local planning issues’ link.
A public exhibition was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 25th August 2012 in which the initial, first and second versions of the proposed application were presented for comparison. The exhibition was extremely well attended – well over 500 people – with members of the Society’s Planning Committee being fully engaged in answering questions from members of the Society and the general public. The exhibition included a significant list of amendments to the plans which have been ‘won’ by the Society being in discussion with the developers (attached below). Whether or not the proposal is approved, the Society aimed to get the best possible outcome for the community.
Three of the most informative plans are also attached here, the proposed finished site plan, the elevations of the food store and the site landscaping plan.
CLDL-2200-02 RevC landscape masterplan
Feedback form 2012 v2
PL 1110 – Proposed Site Plan
PL 1312 – Proposed Waitrose Elevations
Society ‘wins’ in Kimberley negotiations
Submissions have been made by The Knowle Society to Solihull MBC re. two recent planning applications for residential developments at Hall Farm (070612) and Four Ashes Road (090512). Copies of those letters are attached here.
KS – SMBC 070612
KS – SMBC 090512