Saturday, 22 October 2011

Waitrose public meeting details announced

TWO public meetings will be held in Knowle next month over a revised Waitrose plan for the village.

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The Knowle Society will hold the meetings on Thursday November 3 and Friday November 4 at Knowle Village Hall.

The plan would build a store on the site of a former bowling green by The Red Lion car park off St John’s Close.

This would demolish five bungalows fronting St John’s Close and re-provide them nearby.

The November 3 meeting will be held from 7pm to 9pm where members of the society’s planning committee will answer questions.

The November 4 event will be attended by Philip Pearce, a director at Kimberley Developments, the firm behind the plan.

Scheme architect Dean Guy and a Waitrose representative will also attend. Written comments are welcomed at both meetings.

Views can be left on the society website or by emailing

Developers last year submitted a planning application to put the store on the site of the village hall, which would have been provided on the bowling green.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council will make a final decision on the scheme.

The new plan would create a 19,900sqft store compared to 26,250sqft before, a reduction of 24 per cent.

The sales area would be reduced from 15,000sqft to 12,500sqft, a reduction of ten per cent.

There would be 257 car parking spaces compared to 180 proposed before.

The five neighbouring bungalows, closest to Station Road, would be kept instead of being re-located as originally proposed.

The firm originally proposed two daily deliveries via the M42 and High Street and right into St John’s Close by Loch Fyne.

The new plan proposes two articulated lorries a day via junction 15 of the M40 via the Warwick Road and Station Road.

The lorries would enter via the service entrance to the left of Wine Rack on Station Road.

Two further sites would create an extra 38 spaces than proposed last year.

This would include 25 next to the 22-space Lodge Croft car park, off Lodge Road, near the junction with Station Road.

The land is currently occupied by garages, shrubs and trees and is owned by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Kimberley Developments has also applied to create 15 parking spaces on the verge where Lodge Road leads into St John’s Close.

A further eight would be provided on St John’s Close, after the right turn before the turn off for Tesco.

Ten vehicles can currently park on the road.

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  1. What stands out most from the article in the Silhillian is the repetition of mention of parking spaces.We don't need another supermarket in Knowle,especially when there is going to be a large supermarket at Dorridge.The propect of even more traffic thundering along the High St including massive delivery lorries is appalling.The centre of Knowle will be turned into one big food warehouse and car park.

  2. Why not put weighting restrictions on the High Street that would solve the large supermarket lorry problem

  3. Hopefully there won't be a large supermarket in Dorridge for the same reasons you don't want another supermarket in Knowle.

  4. delivery lorries won't be coming down the high street now, they will come via the M40 and down the Warwick Road through Chadwick End and up Stripes Hill for both Waitrose and Sainsbury's. How delightful for the residents of that road!! these stores will affect us all for miles around and not in a good way!

  5. 20:01
    Are you suggesting that lorries don't use the Warwick Road already! Come on, it's a main trunk road and lorries are using it all day every day.
    You make it sound as though there will be a queue of lorries nose to tail rather than a few more each day!

  6. The store size has been reduced slightly since last year's proposal. However, it is still far too large for the village and will attract shoppers from outside the area, thus putting more pressure on parking. All the smokescreen of numbers is designed to obscure the fact that only 19 net new spaces are being provided in the vicinity of the shops. I advise people to go and count them for themselves; there will be 22 lost from the Red Lion car park and 15 on-road spaces will be lost because 37 end-on spaces are proposed in the plans. This leads to the very important point of SAFETY; people will be driving into these spaces and then pushing trollies along the road and loading their cars with traffic moving alongside them.
    All in all a very badly thought out scheme, designed to shoe-horn a quart into a pint pot. There is just not sufficient land available in the centre of Knowle to accommodate it. If we are to have another food store it should be much smaller, but there will always be insufficient parking.

  7. It is much better to have lorries come up the warwick road than the along the high street - I think people who are against must not have a knee-jerk reaction against everything and try to focus on genuine concerns if they want to be taken seriously.