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Green light for Waitrose in Knowle

THE Waitrose supermarket application which has divided Knowle was finally given the go ahead by borough councillors on Wednesday evening.

THE Waitrose supermarket application which has divided Knowle was finally given the go ahead by borough planners on Wednesday evening.

The controversial plan has been in the pipeline since 2010 when Kimberley Developments first mooted the project.

Following extensive consultation with residents, businesses and The Knowle Society, the firm withdrew their application and resubmitted a revised proposal in October 2011.

Councillors praised the company part of the John Lewis Partnership for its attention to design detail and said its presence would regenerate the centre of Knowle.

Councillor Stuart Davis (Con ) St Alphege said: Its change, its progress and we have to live with it.

To do nothing is not an option.

And fellow councillor John Windmill (Lib Dem) Olton added: The way it has been integrated into the Knowle scene is quite frankly, brilliant.

Martin Gorman, development manager for Waitrose said after the meeting: We are absolutely delighted.

We have been looking to open a store in Knowle for a number of years and this is the culmination of all this hard work.

The committee voted along the following lines: Those in favour - Councillors Martin, Windmill, Slater, Ryan, Potts, Hulland, Rebeiro and  Cornock. The one vote against: Councillor Sheridan (Greens).

 

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