The Society recognises that there is a need for sympathetic enhancement of the area between the High Street and St John’s Close and that there are elements of this proposal that go some way to achieving that. However, the numerous and significant concerns that we have over the details of this application mean that we must object to it.
The Knowle Society objects to this application on the following grounds:
- The size and scale of the store are inappropriate in relation to the Conservation Area and to the size of the site available. It is also too large having regard to the Council’s own retail evidence base which shows that capacity exists in Knowle only for a smaller store.
- Car parking and servicing arrangements are totally inadequate leading to traffic congestion, safety concerns and amenity impacts, particularly for residents in St John’s Close.
- The replacement bungalows would have an unacceptable level of amenity.