Monday, 27 August 2012

Plans submitted for Greswolde flats

FINAL plans have been submitted for retirement homes on the site of Knowle’s Greswolde Garage.


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The plan has been revised following feedback from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council – which will make a final decision – and The Knowle Society.

This includes cutting the number of parking spaces on the scheme – to also demolish Cheshire House offices – from 28 to 24.

Developer McCarthy Stone has also revised the design of the development – for 28 flats – in a bid to blend better into the High Street, for example with chimneys.

A planning application has been submitted to the council, which will make a final decision.

The application says: “By moving into a McCarthy and Stone sheltered housing
scheme, elderly people are freeing up a substantial amount of housing stock which can then be used by families, young couples and first time buyers seeking to enter the housing market and as a consequence relieves pressure on the Green belt.”

It said: “The proposed site is located within easy walking distance of the local shops and facilities and this will contribute significantly to retail viability providing additional expenditure within the local community, shops and businesses.”

Of the 28 flats, four would be one-bedroom and 24 two-bedroom, and access would be via Hampton Road.

Some 108 residents attended an exhibition on the plans and of 30 formal responses, 57 per cent backed the plans while 37 per cent opposed them.

It said: “The main areas of concern raised related to the safety of the proposed access, the potential for increased traffic generation and the proposed height.”

But the firm said car ownership is low among residents and they would be unlikely to travel at peak times.

The plan “will result in a net reduction of traffic movements to the site compared to previous, existing and also potential future commercial traffic levels which might occupy this site”.

To view the application visit here and enter 2012 and 1264 in the two boxes.

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1 comment:

  1. Come on Knowle Society where is the concern ? for the neighbours the proposal is overbearing,overshadowing,ugly,and overdeveloped the entrance and exit is very close to junction with the Warwick Road this will be a danger in peak periods.