Say Goodbye to such tranquility in Tidbury Green UNLESS …..

YOU DO SOMETHING TO DEFEND IT!

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU.

What do we love about living here, our parish?  Maybe it is the environment, the natural spaces within easy reach of our front doors. It could be the character of the buildings. It may be the community feeling and spirit we share and enjoy. The reality is that it is likely to be a combination of all these parish benefits that made us wish to live here.

However, change is on the way and not a change for the better. The fact is that if we love living around here, we all need to act to preserve our parish – individually and collectively.

You have the right and the power to stand up for what you want and the information and links on this website will help you.

The Threat is:

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council needs to allocate sufficient land for at least 6,522 net additional homes to ensure sufficient housing land supply to deliver 15,029 additional homes in the period 2014 – 2033.

Site 4 Land west of Dickens Heath

See link below:-

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/Planning/LPR/Draft_Local_Plan_05.12.16.pdf

Residents of Tidbury Green, you need to object to this proposal in the Green Belt for the following reasons:-

1. Green Belt – Residents wish to preserve the green belt as much as possible to prevent merging with neighbouring settlements including Tidbury Green, Wythall, Cheswick Green, Tamworth In Arden, Blythe Valley.
2. Loss of woodland and trees – how do you feel about the adverse effect on the local wildlife sites and loss of playing fields and damage to the environment that will impact on your family, their children and future generations?
3. Traffic and congestion – everyone, be they a pedestrian, cyclist or just pulling a car out of a driveway, knows how dangerous things are becoming. Existing concerns about traffic and congestion will significantly worsen as a result of any further development. The entire road network around Dickens Heath, Tidbury Green, Chiswick Green, Hockley Heath & Tamworth in Arden is in a very poor state, not only in terms of road surface but also road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Tidbury Green residents using Dickens Heath shops and facilities know that the parking is already inadequate and this is without further development. More importantly, there appears to be no way to improve the parking situation in the village, making the new development proposals unsustainable because they are too far away for walking to the facilities in the village centre and would therefore increase car usage, resulting in further pressure on parking and further gridlock. This is the thin edge of the wedge before these roads become arterial! Can you imagine the noise? You would wave goodbye to tranquillity.
4. There are also concerns about school places and the ability of the current medical services to support the additional burden. Tidbury Green School would have to be extended further.
5. The impact of the development would mean certain businesses closing down – you may not have enjoyed the fun of eating or visiting Akamba, but it has played an important role as a key local employer and facility.
6. Site selection should see new housing fairly distributed across the Borough, to include extending existing urban areas to defendable boundaries while avoiding coalescence between rural villages. A case in point is the concern over a disproportionate number of homes being proposed in the Blythe area.

In summary, there are no exceptional circumstances for changing the boundary to allow 700 new houses on the land proposed on Site 4 west of Dickens Heath.

PLEASE MAKE THESE POINTS USING THE PORTAL BELOW

You can write to the address below but the preferred method for response is to use the online portal (click to access the portal – you will need to register). Responses may also be emailed to psp@solihull.gov.uk or sent by post to:

Policy and Spatial Planning
Solihull MBC
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
B91 3QB

TIMING IS CRITICAL

Responses MUST be received by midnight on Friday 17 February 2017.

SMBC Publish Draft Local Plan Report – Consultation Commences

During November 2016, SMBC published their Draft Local Plan report and proposals for releasing particular sites for either housing or employment development. These were submitted to Cabinet, who approved the Draft Local Plan Consultation, which will run from 5 December 2016 to 30 January 2017. Whilst current proposals protect Tidbury Green from further major housing development there are a number of sites proposed in nearby surrounding areas, which will inevitably have an impact on the transport network and other resources

Further details and associated documents including the Draft Local Plan Report, the consultaion document, detailing how to share your views can be viewed on the SMBC Website.

Update From Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins – October 2016

At the October 2016 Parish Council meeting Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins provided an update on the Solihull Local Plan. Solihull MBC will finalise and submit their preferred options report to Cabinet in November 2016. This will include findings of the Green Belt Review. If necessary this will be refined, with the aim of it being ready for Public Examination in early 2017. Solihull MBC plan to have the revised Solihull Local Plan adopted by October/ November 2017.

Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins estimated that during the period covered by the revised Local Plan, Solihull have to accommodate land for an additional 8.0k homes, of which 2.5k are likely to be built in the Blythe area.

High Court Judgement Made – Appeal Succeeds

The judgement to the High Court appeal, was made public on the 1st May 2014. The appeal succeeded on 2 of the 3 grounds raised against Solihull MBC, which relate the housing need figures used in developing the plan and its method used to assess revisions to the green belt boundary (Lowbrook Farm and Tidbury Green farm)

This meant that SMBC had to reconsider its housing needs and the method it used to assess revisions to the greenbelt boundary. Consequently SMBC had to make changes to their Local Plan which included deleting the paragraph relating to the two sites in Tidbury Green that were to have been returned to the Green Belt.

SMBC Consultation into the Solihull Local Plan Review scope, issues and options

SMBC advised that they had published the Solihull Local Plan Review scope, issues and options document for consultation. The review will set out the future spatial strategy for the borough and update the policies and proposals up to 2033. This will include the allocation of sites to promote development and flexible use of land and the bringing forward of new land for development where necessary. The consultation end date is the 22nd January 2016. The Parish Council considered participation in this consultation imperative, from both the perspective of the Parish Council and parishioners, as the outcome of the review could have a significant impact for Tidbury Green.

The Parish Council proided a newsletter  informing Parishioners of the consultation and urging them to respond, using the provided questionnaire obtainable from the website or by contacting SMBC.

Tidbury Green Parish Council’s completed questionairre  and Supporting letter sent in response to the consultaion can be found Here. Documents referred and enclosed with Tidbury Green Parish Council’s response are included below within the related documents section of this page.

 

Solihull Local Plan Review – Consultation- Dec 2015

The Parish Council circulated the attached Newsletter (click to view) to all residents of Tidbury Green, advising of the Solihull Local Plan Review and urging Parishioners to respond to the consultation.

The Parish Council reviewed the consultation document and provided a detailed response. The completed Response Form (click to view) has to be read in conjunction with the attached Supporting Letter, which accompanied the Response form.

The Documents below were referred to within the Supporting Letter:-

Thank you to all Parishioner’s who took the time to respond to this important consultation.

SMBC Process To access Future Housig Needs

SMBC  advised that they have commenced a process, in conjunction with district neighbours to assess future housing needs. In the interim the Solihull Policy Position statement will be used to assess the 5 year housing land supply position. This position statement will be kept under review and will be updated in response to any material changes in circumstances, particularly including any factors that may affect the calculation of the 5 year land supply.

SMBC Appeal Dismissed

The court hearing to consider the appeal made by Solihull MBC against the decision by the High Court Judge on the Solihull Local Plan took place on the 25th and 26th November 2014.

On the 17th December 2014 Solihull MBC’s appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal, failing on both counts: housing numbers and Tidbury Green sites. It was argued that both Tidbury Green Farm and Lowbrook Farm sites are not suitable for ‘sustainable development’, however the judges concluded that sustainability for development was not a ‘green belt reason’ for the change back to green belt. In terms of the housing target numbers the judges concluded that Solihull had not undertaken an Objective Assessment of Needs (of the number of houses it would require. Consequently Lowbrook Farm and Tidbury Green Farm sites are not green belt designated sites and Solihull are required to review and re-assess their housing land supply numbers.