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.

Waitrose Store proposed application – documents

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