Parish Council News

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.

Bellway Homes seek to revise proposals to land at Tidbury Green Farm

Bellway Homes are seeking views from the local community in respect of revised proposals for the residential development of land at Tidbury Green Farm.

Full details of the plans, the consultation process can be found Here. There is also an indicative map which shows the proposed changes can be found below. However in brief the proposal includes:-

  • An increase in dwellings from 190 to 231
  • A reduction in the number of 4 and 5 bedroom homes and an increase in 2 and 3 bedroom homes
  • No change to the key design principles established by the outline consent and approved reserved matters (e.g. the central green link, retention of quality trees and hedgerows and the street hierarchy)

Details on how to make your views are included in the consultation document below and the Parish Councils urges you to respond to this consultation.

2 Planning Applications submitted by Gallagher’s

Gallagher’s have completed the necessary due-diligence requirements including the bat and ground surveys. Two applications have been submitted to SMBC. These are PL/2016/01561/DIS which relates to the main and emergency access arrangements including details of the roads and footpaths into the site and PL/2016/01902/DIS which is for the discharge of the obligation to undertake a site Archaeological survey.

Lowbrook Farm SubGroup

The Parish Council decided that a Lowbrook Farm Development subgroup should be set up, with one Councillor leading, supported by willing Parishioners. The subgroup would consider development matters and issues and liaise with the developer to attempt to reach solutions. The Councillor member would then provide feedback to the Council on a monthly basis.  Cllr Chris Farr agreed to take the lead role

Cllr. Chris Farr with the help of two parishioners had met and delivered a leaflet drop, which resulted in more than 20 positive responses, from parishioners wishing to join the subgroup. An e-mail address has been set up for the group and they have met Glen Langham, the Planning Director of Gallagher’s to discuss proposals and concerns. In the initial meeting , Glen Langham, the Planning Director of Gallagher’ indicated that they were in the process of preparing the site for sale.

The SubGroup plans to have ongoing communications with Gallagher’s and if relevant the developer who purchases the land to develop the 200 homes.

 

 

What to do if you experience any adverse impact as a result of construction work at the site

The Parish Council developed and circulated a note to all local residents advising them of actions that they should take if they experience any adverse impact as a result of construction work at the site. Residents are advised to copy correspondence regarding any matters raised with SMBC or the police to Councillor A.Hussain.

A copy of the note is included in the documents below

 

Furey’s lodge appeal (No. APP/Q4625/W/16/3163356) to Planning Application P/A PL/2016/00373/COU,

Furey’s have lodged an appeal to Planning Application P/A PL/2016/00373/COU, which was for the “change of use of part of site to HGV vehicle parking” at Rumbush Farm. The appeal number is APP/Q4625/W/16/3163356 and all representations must be submitted by the 12th January 2017.

The Appeal Notice can be found here.

 

Tidbury Green Parish Council produced the attached Newsletter regarding this appeal.

Tidbury Green Farm Working Group Meeting 28th June 2016

The first meeting with Bellway homes was held on the 28th June 2016.  A number of issues had been raised during the meeting, including:-

  • Drainage issues
  • Traffic and road safety concerns
  • G.Thomas presented a letter that he had submitted to Bellway Homes about the key issues raised during the meeting. He had clearly detailed the issues and asked Bellway Homes to respond to the points raised, advising what action that they would take to address the key issues.

Minutes of the meeting  and a copy of the letter submitted to Bellway can be found below within the Documents Section.