In our last newsletter, we referred to “a few small plots have been purchased by people with the intention of delaying the Tesco development” at the Swan Centre Yardley and that “we are appalled by these ‘spoiling’ tactics”. That may have been thought to refer to Mr Jeremy Knight-Adams who is a property developer and has had involvement in a number of major retail developments in the Midlands. He has owned two plots of land within the area for more than 20 years and which are the subject of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) that has been promoted by Birmingham City Council to facilitate a proposed development of the Swan Centre by Tesco Stores Limited. We wish to make it clear that we did not suggest in that leaflet that Mr Knight-Adams has engaged in or is engaging in “‘spoiling’ tactics”.
He has explained to us that he objects to the CPO and has employed a team of lawyers and consultants to pursue that objection at the recent Public Inquiry into the CPO and that his objections were motivated by his conviction that the Tesco proposal is entirely unsuitable for Yardley and that the correct solution would be a scheme of the kind explained on his behalf in evidence at the Public Inquiry. Anybody wishing to know the details of that scheme should visit www.srdarchitects.com and a link will be provided to the Swan Yardley project on the home page. We apologise unreservedly for any misunderstanding caused by our leaflet. --