Woking Borough Council’s Planning Committee met on the 15th November to determine Sainsbury’s latest proposals for the expansion of their Redding Way store.
Prior to the meeting, the KRA had written to Members setting out its concerns that the Officers Report upon which they were being asked to determine the application was wholly inadequate. The KRA considered that there was a fundamental lack of evidence to support the Officer’s recommendation (for approval) set out in that report and that the Council’s Officers had mis-directed Members on a number of matters. The KRA also considered that concerns raised in residents’ objections to the scheme had not been adequately recorded or assessed.
Following the Planning Officer’s presentation of the application, the Committee was addressed on our behalf by Mr Paul Gray (a local resident and qualified noise expert) who eloquently amplified on a number of the KRA’s concerns. The meeting was also addressed by Mr David Lazenby of Sainsburys, who extolled the “virtues” an expanded store would bring to our Village, alleging there would be no unacceptable impacts.
Following these presentations, there was significant, and at times heated, debate between Members, many of whom expressed their concern that the impacts of the store had not been tested robustly.
Our Ward Councillors spoke against the scheme – Cllr Sharp highlighting his concerns with the retail impact assessment being relied on by Officers, and Cllr Whitehand expressing her concerns about the impact of additional traffic on the A322.
Cllr Preshaw expressed her extreme displeasure that air quality impacts had not been addressed – noting that this was contrary to the clear direction recorded in the minutes of the Planning Meeting at which earlier expansion plans were rejected.
Cllr McCrum professed to being “genuinely confused”, but that the evidence given to him by the KRA certainly appeared to demonstrate there had been a lack of scrutiny by Officers.
Following a suggestion by Cllr Sharp, a motion for the application to be “deferred” was proposed by Cllr Preshaw and seconded by Cllr McCrum. The grounds for the deferral included the KRA’s assertions that:
So, for the time being, we have no decision on whether this development will proceed or not.
Today, the KRA will be making a Freedom of Information request seeking a number of background documents in relation to this application and will also be seeking a meeting with the Borough Planning Officer to ensure that when this application comes back before Committee, all matters we have raised will have been thoroughly tested.
The Mayor will be performing the grand opening ceremony to Knaphill’s newest store on Saturday 19th November from 11am, there will be free face painting, free gifts and balloons for all children visiting.
Nov 2, 2011
Knaphill is today welcoming the opening of Shu Zu! Proprietors Chris and Nadia kindly sent through the following in preparation for their venture –
“ShuZu is a specialist shoe shop with a reputation for offering a wide range of styles from various brands. From shoes to boots to trainers and wellies they cater for sizes from a toddler UK2 to an adult UK8 and up to a UK10 for boys school shoes and with different width fittings too. ShuZu are stockists for well-known brands such as Start-rite, Timberland, Ricosta, Superfit and Skechers plus many others, so there is something for all shapes and sizes of feet.
ShuZu are committed to ensuring that they give great service when it comes to measuring and fitting, even those with difficult feet to fit or those with orthotics that need the extra support and help to get a really good fit. All staff are trained to a very high standard and committed to the mission and ethos of the society of shoe fitters, of which they are members.”
The grand opening is scheduled for a couple of weeks time so get ready to show your support!
UPDATE: Tell us what you thought of the event on Saturday – I certainly had a great time!
1st Knaphill Scouts are pleased to invite you all to another fantastic fireworks display this year!
The incredibly popular event will be held on 5th November at the Vyne field in Redding Way with gates opening from 6pm.
Stalls this year include all the favourites for a winters evening in front of the fire – burgers, hot dogs and a funfair for the kids so get in early to take advantage and a front row place for the display.
Bonfire from 7pm
Admission Adults £3.50, children £2.50
Please note that children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
The planning committee debated last night and have agreed to a temporary variation of opening times as per Sainsbury’s request.
Sainsburys will be able to open from 07.00am to 10.00pm Monaday to Saturday and 08.00am to 8.00pm on Sundays for 18 months starting today, even though the store is yet to be built! The Council’s legal officer felt that this was the only way the agreement could be worded, whereas the committee itself wanted a trial for 12 months from the date the store opens.
During the next 18 months, the council has said it will gain evidence of noise and traffic concerns. What this will mean in practice is unknown as once the store is built and operating it would be exceptionally hard to close down.
A few points worth mentioning
The application is due to be debated on the 18th October according to Melanie Whitehand.
Please see Phil Stubbs’ comment below for the KRA’s observations and commentary, as sent to all local councillors and the planning committee.
You may also like to browse through the Knaphillian forum topic on the subject here
The planning officers have recommended the application for a change of trading and delivery hours to be APPROVED despite a mass of objections and commentary from Melanie Whitehand.
The application is on the agenda for the forthcoming planning committee meeting on the 27th September at 7pm in the council chambers. This meeting is open to the public and anyone who registered their objection should have received a letter offering the opportunity to speak at the meeting. Anyone wishing to speak should register their intent with the council prior to the meeting.
Early in February local people became aware of Sainsbury’s plans to lease the premises to be re-developed on the site of Clifton’s, 15 High Street, Knaphill: PLAN/2011/0062 (See KRA’s earlier article and comments). There seems to be a growing momentum of opposition to this Planning Application.
Last year The Clifton family submitted a Planning Application PLAN/2010/0085 (which received planning approval) to re-develop the Clifton’s site: For the Erection of a three storey building containing A1 (retail) use at ground floor and 7 x 1 bedroom and 5 x 2 bedroom flats at first and second floors following the demolition of the existing shop and workshops at 15 High Street and 6 Fosters Lane.
Also, on the 2010 Application, on the section for the retail premises there was ‘Condition 7’ that: “The premises hereby approved shall not be open to customers and have no deliveries between the hours of 8.00 pm and 8.00 am Monday to Saturday inclusive, comply with Sunday Trading Restrictions and have no deliveries on Sundays unless agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.”
This latest 2011 Appliction proposes changes to Condition 7. Before taking up the Lease, Sainsbury’s want: “The premises shall be open to customers between the hours of 7.00 am to 11.00 pm Mondays to Saturdays and 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays”.Residents can see the detail of both Applications on the Woking Borough Council (WBC) website http://caps.woking.gov.uk/online-applications/ then key in the relevant Planning Application Number (as listed above).
People from all sections of the community are registering their Comments on the WBC site in relation to the lastest Plan/2011/0062 and most of them seem to be expressing opposition. There seems to be growing concern and calls for a Public Meeting to discuss the impact this kind of development could have on the centre of the village.
The original Application was opposed by some residents, especially those who live close to Cliftons, but many people may not have been aware of the project and for whatever reasons did not get involved in the discussion at that time. This latest Application has raised wider questions and made more people aware of the issues…….Many people are saying this strikes at the heart of the viability of many of the small businesses in Knaphill, who are already fighting for survival because of the Big Sainsbury’s Store down the road, and of the life of the Village Centre.
Objection forms are circluating in the village and are available in many local shops. They raise concerns regarding:
* Increased Traffic within the village
* Parking Problems on the High Street adjacent to the new development & surrounding streets
* Increased anti-social behaviour
* Increased noise and light pollution
* Reduced competition, as there is already a Sainsbury’s within close distance to the village
* Damage to the sustainability of existing local shops
Whatever your views, please don’t just sit back and ignore this. Check the Planning Applications, think about the implications and register your comments. Since the Application was submitted over 300 comments have been added to the WBC site and most are strong statements of OBJECTION. (KRA is checking the Comments each day…..as at 26th Feb. over 300)
Have your say!!
The ongoing saga surrounding the proposed extension to Sainsbury’s supermarket in Redding Way has been developing behind the scenes. Yet more revised plans have been submitted to WBC under plan PLAN/2011/0160 and some residents have received a letter, on behalf of J Sainsbury Plc, from GKA Ltd (‘A specialist political and community relations consultancy to the property development industry’) outling the changes and putting their reasoning behind the changes.
Although the letter goes some way toward addressing concerns, there are almost definitely questions that remain unanswered and we will be looking at these closely in the near future.
In correspondence with WBC, a letter to Mr James Hutchison of Woking Borough Council from Mr Adam Cundale (Senior Planner, WYG Planning & Design) confirms a meeting of 15th September and appears to be confident of the revised plans being received favourably by the planning dept.
We’ll get more information out as soon as we can but in the meantime details and correspondance pertaining to the application can be found here
Armistice Day is approaching and Rev Richard Sherlock has today confirmed this years service is again to be held outside the old library on 11th November starting at 10:45am
Confirmed attendees are currently representatives from the Army, the Royal British Legion, locals schools, Cllr Melanie Whitehand and Jonathan Lord MP.
Please be sure to observe the customary two minute silence, even if you can’t make the event itself.
Another fantastic bazaar has been arranged for the festive season, again held at the Vyne Community Centre, on the 19th November from 2pm to 4pm.
This years attractions include – tombola, crafts, Christmas gifts, treats and goodies for all the family along with snacks, cakes and refreshments.
Please contact Gill Waine (Centre Manager) to find out more: 743558
The first week of trading is complete and, despite a couple of early niggles, new landlord Ade Jones and landlady Sarah Nubeebuckus-Jones are delighted to join the village!
Coming from a pub in Wantage, Oxford, the couple are very keen to make their mark and enjoy a long term at The Crown. Ade said
“It’s only been a week but it feels like we’ve been here a lot longer, people have been so welcoming!“
Their first Saturday saw the best sales since the pub re-opened in February which even considering the curiosity factor is a great sign for the future of the pub. With a new menu all hand made by Sarah and locally sourced produce, the eating should also do well. Look out for the special sausage and mash nights in the near future, cheekily called ‘S&M’, named with a nod to the previous problems the pub has endured…
I hope everyone finds the time to at least stick their head round the door to welcome the newest landlords in town!
Oktoberfest is coming to Mizens Railway this October.
Make sure to visit this fantastic event to celebrate all things steam train and mechanical organ related!
Open from 12 noon to 5pm on Sunday 16th October; admission prices are Adults £2, children £1 and a family ticket £5 (2 adults and up to 3 children).