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Hundreds attend public exhibition for Knowle Waitrose plan.

OVER 500 people attended a public exhibition in Knowle to view the latest plans for the new Waitrose store in the village.

OVER 500 people attended a public exhibition in Knowle to view the latest plans for the new Waitrose store in the village.

The display, organised by the Knowle Society, allowed the community to view updated plans for the supermarket and give feedback on the amendments.

Members of the society’s planning committee were also on hand, at the village hall on Saturday, to answer questions.

Andrew Marston, chairman of Knowle Society’s planning committee, said the idea of the exhibition is to keep the local community informed.

He added: “The exhibition was very well attended and the main concern appeared to be the lack of proposed car parking, which would only exacerbate a problem which already exists in Knowle.”

The store is earmarked for the old bowling green near the village centre. While the society says many of the worries have been addressed, the amount of parking spaces on offer at the site remains a concern.

Changes so far have included alterations to the car park layout and pedestrian and traffic movement, linkage to the precinct and the High Street, changes to the design of the store to reduce its visibility and alterations to the building materials so it fits better with the local architecture.

The society is now putting the finishes touches to its response, which will be presented to Solihull Council’s planning committee at the end of September.

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