Sunday, 26 January 2014

Approve Knowle cafe plan, planning officer says

A BID to turn closed Knowle Card Shop into a café should be approved on Wednesday, a council planning officer has said.


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The plan by Smoode Shakes should be approved, a Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council planning officer said.

The firm is seeking permission to change the official use of the Grade II listed building from retail to café.

It would sell milkshakes, hot and cold drinks and food like cakes to eat in and take away from 8.30am Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday and bank holidays.

Four letters were sent to the council to support the plan while four – including two from the Knowle Society – opposed the proposals.

Derek Capelin wrote: “My offices are behind the proposed application, as well as other businesses.

“I am concerned that there will be too much noise/music which will cause a nuisance for my staff, business and clients who visit us.”

Another wrote: “If approved application will mean yet another café located on the High Street but unlike others would be open from 8.30am six days a week and from 10am on Sundays.”
But another said it was a “brilliant idea – should appeal to youth of village”.

Another comment said: “Lovely outlook from premises towards Church (who have a café on a Saturday morning). Don’t need any more charity shops or evening restaurants.”

The planning officer said: “The acceptable nature of the proposal is determined by the following factors; the application site is located within a busy local centre with an established night time economy; existing parking restrictions; the limited extent of internal and external alterations required to facilitate the proposed use; the sustainable location; existing parking restrictions and the current distribution/balance of uses within Knowle centre.”

The council’s planning committee will be asked to make a decision when it meets at the council’s offices from 4.30pm. The public can attend.
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