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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