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Villagers mustering to oppose Waitrose

AS one application for a supermarket in Dorridge is thrown out, another for nearby Knowle has been lodged with Solihull Council – and residents are not happy.

AS one application for a supermarket in Dorridge is thrown out, another for nearby Knowle has been lodged with Solihull Council – and residents are not happy.

Villagers opposed the official application submitted last week for a Waitrose store on an internet forum run by The Knowle Society.

The proposal would see a new village hall on the site of a former bowling green, and 10 bungalows re-sited for a car park. Some 180 spaces would also be provided.

Comments included this from Margaret: “This proposal for a ‘small’ Waitrose seems anything BUT small – and I certainly don’t think that the developers would build it for the good of the village if there was little in it for them.” And Bob James added: “Wrong size, wrong place and traffic chaos!” Another declared: “The character of Knowle is at stake, there is no place for apathy in these times. Everyone will be affected by this, if by nothing else then the increased traffic.”

Developers, Kimberley Developments said the plan will provide an ‘attractive and vibrant area combining retail, residential, and community functions.’

The Knowle Society is holding a public meeting at 7.30pm, on Thursday, March 25, at Arden School, Knowle, for local members to attend and comment on the proposed re-development of St Johns Close.

 

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