A PUBLIC meeting was held last week at Arden School in Knowle to discuss the controversial plans for a Waitrose store in the village.
Organised by The Knowle Society, it comes after four planning applications were submitted for the scheme, which would see the redevelopment of land between High Street and St John’s Close in Knowle village centre.
Kimberley Developments submitted the application which includes a small Waitrose food shop, a new Village Hall, enlarged and rationalised car parking and ten new community homes to replace the existing bungalows fronting St John’s Close.
Philip Pearce of Kimberley Developments said: “The feedback from the exhibition and subsequent consultations with local people has helped us to fine tune the proposals and our plans have been amended accordingly.”
“From the start we placed great importance on developing a scheme that recognised the need to produce a sympathetic and comprehensive redevelopment of the village centre that not only respects the Knowle Conservation Area, but also brings new shopping to enhance and help protect the vitality to the village for the future.”
Amendments to the scheme include a redesign of the Village Hall proposals; larger courtyards and gardens for the community housing; and the rerouting of Waitrose’s servicing lorries around St John’s Close.
James Armstrong, property & development communications manager with Waitrose added: “We are very excited about a new shop at Knowle.
“We have thought carefully about both the design and the size and we believe it is ideally suited to the centre of the village.”
Should the planning application be successful, Kimberley would aim to complete the scheme by summer 2012.