Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bar plan for old auction building

A bar will open in a former Knowle auctioneer’s showroom under plans submitted to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

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Cross and Craig Associates have applied to change the official use of the building at 16a Station Road, to the back of buildings fronting Station Road, so it can be used as a bar that serves food. 

It is also seeking listed building consent for alterations including a new mezzanine level, new patio doors, pizza ovens and timber staircase. 

Its application said: “The change of use will give this redundant building a lease of life. 

"No changes are proposed to any historic fabric and the works will have no negative impact on the appearance of the listed building.”

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15 comments:

  1. Note the plans are for the old Phillips showroom, not Knowle Auctions or Bonhams. Looked at the plans and am horrified to note there is no designated parking, "there are several public car parks in Knowle" !! We need another bar Café in Knowle like a hole in the head, it is ridiculous. Note that the Station Café (ex HSBC) has closed.

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  2. It won't last long with no parking and it is in the wrong position. It is all private parking around it from the offices, so I am sure they will soon put a barrier up.

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  3. Knowle is crying out for a good classy upmarket bar with good service. Good luck to those planning on opening this. Anyone who invests money and employs people needs supporting.

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    1. Naive to the point of being completely stupid!

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  4. 19.20 I agree,Knowle is lacking a good bar serving good food. Good Luck.

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    1. But it wont just be local people from Knowle eating and drinking, people from outside the area will come to it as well, meaning more traffic and parking problems. If you live in Knowle and fancy a drink most people can leave their car at home. And I'm sure Knowle did have a wine bar/bistro many years ago?

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    2. Shame they didn't open it in one of the empty units at Sainsburys Dorridge.

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  5. Lots of people come into Knowle for the existing pubs and restaurants and there is not a problem with parking. Knowle has become a vibrant place over the years - quite a dull sleepy hollow when I first moved here over 20 years ago. The restaurant Aroma in Bentley Heath that has no dedicated parking is doing really well. The Station Bar just didn't have it, sad to say. We walk to the restaurants as we live nearby but I'm glad people outside the area drive in and make them viable. Always a lot of doom and gloom talked when a new idea is suggested but I'm all for it as long as the quality is good.

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    1. The Station Bar was, in my opinion, a dump. I only hope this isn't going to be a similar style venue.

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  6. Good news for Knowle and good news for the owners. They could do very well, there is a clear gap in the market for a slightly more upmarket bar in Knowle. It's all traditional pubs at the moment. Good stuff and as somebody commented earlier, we should support investment in the village. Some people will moan......but then they always do.

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  7. I understand that the Knowle Auction Rooms are to become the site office for the Waitrose development – if and when this ever happens!

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  8. Well I think the above information is not right. The property next to the Knowle Auction Rooms is being fitted out at present and has the sign for a beauty shop in the window. The Knowle Auction Rooms was a tea room briefly before and is the likely site of the new bar and restaurant as described in the article. Also has some designated parking.

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    1. The bar will be behind 16a Station Road. The pedestrian access from Station Road will be via the green door that can be seen in the photograph.

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    2. Could I then suggest a name of The Shakin Stevens Bar!

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  9. any news when this bar will be opening, Knowle needs a new decent bar

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