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Allotment Plot Waiting List

Tidbury Green Parish Council has an allotment site  situated in Wood Lane, Earlswood opposite the Craft Centre and consists of approximately four acres of land.

Originally, the site was divided into 20 plots each measuring approximately 90 by 30 feet but due to recent demand for allotments from local residents the Association decided to limit allocation to half plots only.

If you would like to register your interest and be added to the waiting list for a plot at Wood Lane Allotments, please contact Rob Hawkes on Tel: 01564 826323 or email roberthawkes@sky.com.

Thank You To The Social Committee

For a number of years the Social Committee have given up their time free of charge and worked immensely hard to organise and deliver some fabulous social events for the benefit of Tidbury Green Parishioners. As mentioned the Annual Scarecrow Competition has grown in popularity year on year, yet again the 2015 Barn Dance Supper evening was a great success where fun was had by all and for the first year in 2015 a Christmas Carol Concert in association with Tidbury Green School was organised. This was a sell-out event which received excellent feedback from those who attended. The Social events have such a positive impact bringing people together and helping to build a strong community spirit. Also the Social Committee use a number of events to raise money for charity. Most recently a Cheque for £250 has been sent to Edwards Trust from the events and collections from last year. The Parish Council would therefore like to say a massive thank you to all those who are part of the Tidbury Green Social Committee. All your hard work is really appreciated and events organised are very much enjoyed.

Scarecrow Competition 2015 Results

Scarecrow Competition

The 2015 theme was “Strictly comes to Tidbury Green” Like last year, the 2015 event included a children’s painting competition. Prizes were awarded to 3 agreed age category winners. The event also saw the introduction of the Tidbury Green Great Bake Off.

The day included an afternoon social event, where refreshments were provided and all entries to the painting competition were displayed and cakes tasted and judged. There was an excellent turn out and it provided a good opportunity for neighbours to meet new people. There was a great atmosphere and this is an excellent example of the community spirit in the village.

The popularity of this annual village event continued to grow with a record 20 entries. These were marked by 3 judges. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to everyone that entered the competitions of the day including the Cake baking and children’s painting and well done to all the winners.

As always a massive thank you goes to the Social Committee, who work so hard to make these enjoyable events happen.

1st Place - Mrs Blick of Tilehouse Lane with a portrayal of the strictly judges

Second place - Mr Farr of Lowbrook Lane with another portrayal of the strictly judges, but in post celebration disarray.

Third place - Mrs Boulter of Lady Lane with an elegantly dressed couple dancing.

Proposed Developments – Tidbury Green Farm & Lowbrook Farm Planning Appeals

Tidbury Green Farm

The Parish Council were extremely disappointed to hear that the appeal brought by LionCourt Homes to build 190 homes succeeded.

The applicant will need to submit a detailed planning application providing specifics of the proposal, including layout and design details. At this point the Parish Council will review the plans and proposals in depth and provide appropriate feedback to SMBC. Whilst this is not the desired outcome the Parish Council believe that they should work to contribute and help shape the design of the development and aim to achieve some benefits for the community.

Lowbrook farm

The Planning Appeal Inquiry was reconvened on the 15th and 16th September 2015. Councillor Farr attended on behalf of the Parish Council. He advised that SMBC offered detailed, quality arguments to defend their views. They presented a five year housing supply to the Inquiry.

On the 8th October 2015 the Parish Council were advised that, following the closure of the Inquiry, the Inspector was preparing his report and recommendation for submission to the Secretary of State for his consideration. We were also advised that In accordance with Schedule 2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act the Secretary of State would issue his decision on or before 10thFebruary 2016.

During January 2016 the Parish Council wrote to the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP and the Secretary of State requesting that the inquiry be reopened or alternatively that the decision be delayed until the Solihull Local Plan Review is completed. Reason for this request included the fact that since June 2013 interested parties have not had an opportunity to express their views as any inquiry hearings since this date have focused only on 5 year housing supply matters. The Parish Council believe that changes have occurred since June 2013, including those relating to transport accessibility and we should have an opportunity to raise and discuss these matters.

The Parish Council also advised that they believe that if a decision was reached and the Lowbrook Farm appeal was allowed that this could potentially influence the outcome of the available options within the Solihull Review.

The Parish Council received correspondence from the Department for Communities and Local Government, advising that a decision would not be available by the original target date of the 10th February 2016 and that they hope to be in a position to issue a decision as soon as possible.

To read all historical updates on Solihull’s Local Plan, Tidbury Green Farm and Lowbrook Farm Proposed Developments please Click Here

Development of land off Fulford Hall Road – Tidbury Green Farm

In October 2013  Outline Planning Application was submitted for residential development of up to 190 dwellings with associated infrastructure, including means of access, sustainable Drainage System and open space.  Planning Application number 2013/1705.

The application by LionCourt Homes was rejected by the Planning Committee on 30th January 2014. The land at the time was defined as green belt land within the Solihull Local Plan and the development was considered inappropriate.

As detailed above, a legal challenge was submitted to the High Court, by Gallagher Estates (Lowbrook Farm) and LionCourt Homes (Tidbury Green Farm). They claimed that the land at the sites they control should not be have been returned to Green belt and that Solihull’s Plan was flawed in the way that it was put together.

The judgement to the High Court appeal made by Gallagher Estates and LionCourt Homes, 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.

Besides paragraphs in the Solihull Local Plan dealing with housing numbers that have been deleted, the paragraph relating to the two sites in Tidbury Green that were to have been returned to the Green Belt has also been deleted. SMBC stressed at this point that this did not necessarily mean the sites were suitable for development or can now be developed.

SMBC asked the judge for permission to appeal his decision and that was been refused. However SMBC applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal.

On the 16th July 2014 the Parish Council received notification that Lion Court Homes had appealed the decision to refuse Planning Application Number 2013/1705 – Outline Planning Application to build up to 190 at Tidbury Green Farm.

Following the submission of the appeal Tidbury Green Parish Council submitted further written representation, detailing why they object to the proposal.

SMBC were granted leave to appeal the High Court Decision on the Solihull Local Plan.

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.

Given that the only argument that Solihull MBC used to refuse the application was the green belt and the fact that this is no longer the case, SMBC made the decision, not to contest the appeal. The Planning Inspector held a 2 day public inquiry on 9th April to consider the appeal.

Tidbury Green Parish Council attended the public inquiry in April 2015 and presented a statement providing views and arguments against the proposal to build 190 homes. The Parish council felt that all relevant points including sustainability, scale, drainage and traffic volumes were discussed and given full consideration by the Planning Inspector.

During the Public Inquiry the appellants submitted additional documentation, including a defence document, responding to statements raised by objectors. The Planning Inspector provided the Parish Council and others with an opportunity to respond to the documents.

The Parish Council worked hard to gather evidence and develop a detailed report, supported by information gathered to demonstrate poor sustainability credentials of Tidbury Green. This report was submitted to the Planning Inspector.

In the August 2015 Tidbury Green Parish Council Parish Newsletter (August 2015), there were updates regarding the Lowbrook Farm and Tidbury Green Farm undecided planning appeals. At that time we were advised that the Planning Inspector dealing with the Tidbury Green Farm appeal, had submitted his final report to the Secretary of State for him to make a decision.

The Parish Council believed that to ensure consistency of decision making and due consideration of the cumulative impacts of the proposals, that the decision should have been deferred until the Secretary of State had the Lowbrook Farm report available,  and a  decision on both proposal should then have been reached at the same time.

The Parish Council has wrote the attached letter to Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP and recommended that if Parishioners supported the views, that they also write to Rt Hon Caroline Spelman, requesting that she lobbied the Secretary of State. Attached are the Map andReport referred to within the Parish Council’s letter submitted to Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP.

Despite this and all other efforts to oppose this proposal  the Parish learnt that the appeal brought by LionCourt Homes to build 190 homes succeeded.

The applicant will need to submit a detailed planning application providing specifics of the proposal, including layout and design details. At this point the Parish Council will review the plans and proposals in depth and provide appropriate feedback to SMBC. Whilst this is not the desired outcome the Parish Council believe that they should work to contribute and help shape the design of the development and aim to achieve some benefits for the community.

Latest Update

The Parish Council were extremely disappointed to hear that the appeal brought by LionCourt Homes to build 190 homes succeeded.

The applicant will need to submit a detailed planning application providing specifics of the proposal, including layout and design details. At this point the Parish Council will review the plans and proposals in depth and provide appropriate feedback to SMBC. Whilst this is not the desired outcome the Parish Council believe that they should work to contribute and help shape the design of the development and aim to achieve some benefits for the community.

Harvest Supper 2015

The 2015 Harvest Supper took place on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Tidbury Green School Hall. Yet again the event was a great success where fun was had by all. The evening like last year’s event consisted of Folk Music, a Barn Dance with Caller and a Ploughman’s Supper.

Legal Challenges to Solihull Local Plan and Appeals

Solihull Local Plan

The Council’s Local Plan which sets out targets for the number of new homes to be built in Solihull and defines how that target will be achieved was approved by the Government’s Planning Inspector and then formally adopted by Solihull Council in early December 2013. This plan originally  included for the return of Lowbrook Farm and Tidbury Green Farm land to green belt status.

Legal challenge

During early January 2014 a legal challenge was submitted to the High Court, by Gallagher Estates (Lowbrook Farm) and LionCourt Homes (Tidbury Green Farm).

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.

Solihull Adjust Housing Numbers

Solihull MBC (SMBC) published a statement regarding the Court Order made by the judge. SMBC sought to limit any deletions or changes that the judge required them to make to the Local Plan to those parts which were the subject of the court case and the judge agreed. The affected sections were those dealing with housing numbers and the judge ordered that they be sent back to the Government Planning for re-examination.

Besides paragraphs in the Solihull Local Plan dealing with housing numbers that were been deleted, the paragraph relating to the two sites in Tidbury Green that were to have been returned to the Green Belt was also deleted. SMBC stressed that this did not necessarily mean the sites are suitable for development or can now be developed.

SMBC asked the judge for permission to appeal his decision and that was refused.

Solihull MBC produced a Position Statement, which was requested by the High Court Judge. Within the Position Statement sites included in the Solihull Local Plan as future phased developments were considered, in order to demonstrate that Solihull could meet its 5 year housing land requirements,

Previously submitted applications which were scheduled as phase 2 and 3 developments (Braggs Farm, Cleobury Lane/Dickens Heath Road and Mount Dairy Farm) had been fought predominately on the phasing argument and the fact that SMBC could demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply, based on the Local Plan. SMBC were no longer in a position to use these factors as reasons to oppose the re-submitted applications for these 3 developments and consequently the development proposals were brought forward and approved

SMBC were granted leave to appeal the High Court Decision on the Solihull Local Plan.

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.

Solihull Appeal Dimissed By High Court

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.

13th October 2014 BURGLARY DWELLING

At a property on Tilehouse Lane. Unknown offender(s) entered rear garden and walked into an insecure extension that was in the process of being built. The extension has 4 walls and a roof but was awaiting arrival of doors. Offender(s) stole tools from the extension and made good their escape.

Identity Theft

There have been several reports of Identity theft where persons have been using addresses to obtain car Insurance. We can only assume that they are  getting a lower rate because of the post code area or getting credit to obtain such as the addresses used are likely to have a good credit score rating.

These person are possibly using their own names but the addresses they are using are selected at random.

It is believed that they are not local and could be from anywhere in the UK.  A majority of the names on the letters are Eastern European sounding.

If you receive any letters of this nature can I ask that you report the matter to Action Fraud, details of how to do this can be obtained on the below link.

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/