Monday, 1 December 2014

Events over development plans

TWO events are to be held over plans to draw up a guidance on what development should be built in "under pressure" Knowle and Dorridge in the next 15 years.

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The Knowle Society and Dorridge and District Residents Association will hold the events as part of its bid to create a “neighbourhood plan”.

The plans were allowed under The Localism Act 2011 and must be agreed by a public vote.

They set out what development people want to see such as expansion of schools and health facilities, new housing and shops.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council must take the plans into account when it makes decisions on specific planning applications by developers.

A drop-in meeting will be held at Knowle Library and Dorridge Station waiting room on Saturday December 6 from 10am to 2pm in Dorridge and 3pm in Knowle.

This is to gauge interest in forming a neighbourhood plan committee, one of the requirements of the process.

A further meeting will be held at Arden school on Wednesday, January 7 at 7.30pm to give feedback.

The DDRA said: “The demand in the Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath areas continue to grow due to the services on offer such as rail, transport links and good quality education but it is also paramount that the quality of the present environment is at least maintained but also improved.

“It is against this background that both the Knowle Society and Dorridge and District Residents Association have come together to ask for the residents to become involved in the future of their neighbourhood.”

It said: “Although the Knowle Society and the DDRA are not parish councils, Solihull MBC want them to be involved as this area is probably under the most pressure from developers.

“As new housing is developed so are the demands on services such as schools and doctors surgeries.”

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15 comments:

  1. I thought Sainburys and Waitrose had already taken the job of planning our villages?

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    1. Isn't it a bit late?? How come this initiative was not implemented before Sainsbury's and Waitrose were approved,- against the wishes of many residents.

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  2. Can I ask people to accept there must be change and get involved in a constructive way instead of heckling from the sides..

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    1. I for one, will be going to the drop I meeting. Something has to be done about commuter parking, whether it be double decker car parks or a "parkway" station. The fact is Chiltern and London Midland have been too successful and we now have a great little station with a frequent and punctual service. Thinking caps on folks.

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  3. I don't think we need to go as afar as a Parkway Station - but out of town CAR PARKS with a (free) shuttle bus would be a real help.
    Introduced alongside the recently bottled parking restrictions in Dorridge I think would ease congestion and still support shops in Knowle and Dorridge.

    Making the car park behind the petrol station 2 storeys would also be real bonus and seem obvious thing to do.



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    1. Perhaps more London trains should stop at Lapworth.
      Re. shuttle bus - why should it be free? No such thing as a free lunch. User pays! Personally I would find driving to a car park to then catch a bus to catch a train would be a real pain and I really don't think individuals would be bothered to use it for shopping etc, quicker to go to Knowle or big Tesco.
      I think a two storey car park in the village would look very ugly and combined with the floating carpark above Sainsbury's and heaps of roadside parking around the village would give people the impression that Dorridge was simply one big car park.

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    2. Agree with you totally.

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  4. Arrange these words into a well-known phrase:

    Stable The Bolted Locking After Door Has Horse The

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    1. 21.39
      yet more negativity....
      Do us all a favour and keep it to yourself mate

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    2. Maybe, but unfortunately he's right!

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  5. Well, I popped along. Thanks to the reps being there. It has to be a way to get our feelings known officially to the council. We got bogged down with parking, nothing new there. We all know the problem and it HAS to be addressed. Sainsburys has little to do with it. We need a double or triple decker behind the garage, or what about a "parkway" next to the graveyard at 4 Ashes.

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    1. I believe a parkway - somewhere - is by far the best solution.

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  6. Oh please stop it with the "parkway" suggestion... Do you live in the Knowle/Dorridge?

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  7. A parkway would reduce the amount of traffic in the centre of the village usually at busy times of the day when there are also many either walking for buses and trains to head to college, school or work.
    Car parking in the village centre should be at a premium price and roadside parking metered at certain times and those wanting all day or long stay i.e., overnight should have to park at the Parkway or be encouraged by a cheaper rate than the village centre. I would imagine once the system was in place the convenience of knowing that a park would be available and at a subsidised rate would make it very popular. perhaps season tickets for a particular park could be purchased with the rail ticket at a discount.
    To build a multi storey car park near the church or anywhere in the centre would simply add to the increasing number of cars blocking the centre of the village at peak times. Commuter cars should be kept out of the CBD where possible.
    . Village centre parking should be short stay (hair appointments etc) only unless working in the village with permits allocated for staff of village businesses.. I't's a shame but people can't have it both ways. Dorridge is a victim of it's own success.. it seems ludicrous that people away all day can park in the centre and those who work in the centre and keep the village going have nowhere to park. We already have a couple of workers sharing our driveway (at no cost) because they have nowhere else to park all day in the village

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