Saturday, 11 June 2011

New Knowle Waitrose plan announced

A NEW Waitrose plan has been announced for Knowle that is 24 per cent smaller than a previous scheme.

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A letter was today sent to villagers outlining the plan, which rules out a previous bid to put the store on the site of the village hall in St John’s Close.

No alternative store location is given in the letter, but The Silhillian has previously reported six months ago that Village Hall would stay and the store would go on a former bowling green by The Red Lion pub.

Deliverties would no longer come into Knowle via the M42 and High Street and right turn past Loch Fyne restaurant but south via the Warwick Road.

This suggests lorries would enter via St John’s Close off Station Road.

More parking is also pledged. The original scheme proposed demolishing ten retirement bungalows. The Solihull Observer reports fewer homes would be demolished.

An exhibition on the plans will be held in the village hall on Friday and Saturday.

A 1,251sqm sales area plan was put forward by developers in January 2010 and planning applications were made to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

The proposed 24 per cent reduction would be for the whole store, the gross floorspace.

The Knowle Tesco sales area is 557sqm.



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Above: the previous Knowle Waitrose plan.

The letter, from public relations firm remarkable on behalf of Kimberley Developments and Waitrose, pledges further consultation.

It says: “Kimberley and Waitrose would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback.

“Since the exhibition last year the team has continued to work on the plans to address the comments received and how now reached a possition where they are able to bring forward an update proposal.

“The gross size of the store has been reduced by 24% in response to requests to make it more appropriate in size for the village.

“The existing Village Hall will not be relocated and will remain where it is, however improvements to the hall are being proposed.

“Deliverties would no longer need to enter the centre of the village to service the store and would now arrive from the south via Warwick Road.

“Increased number of parking spaces to support the village centre.”

The exhibition will take place from 11am to 7pm on Friday and 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday. Kimberley and Waitrose staff will be there to answer questions.

For further information call 0800 298 7040 or give your views online at www.consultation-online.co.uk/waitrose.

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