Parish Council News

Resubmitted Planning Application – Tidbury Green Farm – Pub & Restaurant

Planning Application PL/2019/00039/PPFL for Tidbury Green Farm was received on the 16th January 2019. This is a resubmission of the withdrawn Planning Application PL/2018/00235/PPFL, which was received on the 29th January 2018.

The proposal is for “Change of use of existing farmhouse, associated buildings and land from residential use (Use Class C3) to a pub / restaurant (Use Class A3/A4) with ancillary ,manager’s accommodation, and construction of extensions and associated works, including: formation of access and car parking; partial infilling of the pond; and hard and soft landscaping.”

Associated documents can be viewed and comments can be made to Solihull MBC via the following link,  http://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/  and by inserting the above planning number.

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Please see attached the Parish Council’s response and the Copy of Survey Findings Report, referred to within the response submitted for the above Planning Application. The Parish Council based their response on views shared with them by Parishioners who  responsed to the full Survey completed in Autumn 2017 and the information received from Parishioners regarding their views about the proposal, which was requested in the February 2019 newsletter.

Both the survey and the request for views in the February 2019 Newsletter, went to all homes in Tidbury Green. Therefore everyone was provided with an opportunity to respond and therefore the Parish Council  believe that given the time available that we followed the most effective, democratic approach that we could.

Tidbury Green Parish Council Response.

Survey Findings Report.

The Parish Council have secured an extension from Solihull MBC until 1 March 2019, to allow them to respond to the latest application. The Planning Officer has also agreed to accept neighbour responses up until this date. The Parish Council, however recommend that you submit your comments to SMBC by 27th February 2019, or earlier.

Your response should be addressed to Rebecca Hadley – Solihull MBC Planning Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB or Email your response for the attention of Rebecca Hadley to planning@solihull.gov.uk. Please quote the application number (PL/2019/00039/PPFL) in your email subject and text and include your name and address in your correspondence.

This Planning Application will be discussed at the Parish Council Meeting on 20 February 2019. If you have any comments/ views that you would like the Parish Council to consider, for inclusion in their response, please attend the meeting and share these. Alternatively, please email your views to the Clerk (tidburygreenpc@googlemail.com) by 20th February.

Given the available timescales, if we do not receive sufficient additional comments / views on the latest application the Parish Council will have to base their response on the findings of the survey previously completed and the key concerns raised, which resulted in the Parish Council objecting to the proposal, when the first application was submitted. The Survey can be found clicking Here. Also the Appendix letter submitted by the Parish letter, detailing reasons for their objection can be found Here.

Brunning & Price have advised us that they will be running an open afternoon open afternoon on Monday 25th February, from 4pm until 6pm at Tidbury Green Village Hall and then from 6.30pm until 8pm at the Earlswood Methodist Church Hall. They plan to set up a small display of their proposals and have people on hand to talk you through them and hear what you think to the changes that they have made.

Important – New Public Consultation on Draft Local Development Plan Review

Solihull Local Plan Consultation – New Consultation

Solihull Council are undertaking an additional / supplementary consultation in respect of its emerging Local Plan.  This is based on public response to previous consultation, along with recent changes to Government Directives on Solihull Housing Needs.

Site 4 – Land West of Dickens Heath, Near Whitlock’s End Train Station

During previous consultation Tidbury Green Parish Council along with other groups including other Parish Councils, Borough Councillors and local Parishioners objected to the proposal for 700 homes to be developed on site 4. We are pleased to hear that the site has now be reduced from 700 to 350 homes. This proves that by working together and campaigning, we can make a difference. However 350 homes is still a significant number of homes, which we feel is unsustainable given the level of already approved / built development imposed upon the area.

The public consultation will run for 6 weeks, up until 15 March 2019. Full details of the consultation can be found at www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr.

Please take the time to examine the proposal for site 4. After studying the Council’s proposals, please submit your comments either via Solihull MBC’s Portal which can be linked to via the “Respond to the Consultation” box which can be found at www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr, or email your comments to psp@solihull.gov.uk. Should you wish to object to the Site 4 proposal we have included some suggested valid reasons for objection, which you may wish to adapt and use for your response. These can be found at the end of the February 2019 Newsletter.

As detailed on Ward Councillor Ken Hawkin’s website, http://www.cllrkenhawkins.co.uk, Ken and Ward Councillor James Butler “have serious reservations about the proposals and remain steadfast in opposition of Site 4, for a variety of reasons which are included on Ken’s website. Consequently they have launched an online petition, calling for Site 4 to be removed from the LDP, to be submitted to the planning inspector. Please support them by, in addition to responding to the Solihull MBC consultation, supporting the online petition, which can be accessed from the link https://www.change.org/p/solihull-metropolitan-borough-council-objection-to-allocation-4-in-solihull-local-plan on Ken Hawkin’s website, under Dickens Heath, Solihull LDP.

Solihull MBC have informed us that they are holding a number of drop-in sessionsd in February where Council officers will be on hand to help with any queries. Details of times and venues are provided below:

• Saturday 23 – (11am to 3pm) – Knowle Library

• Tuesday 26 – (4pm to 7pm) – Asda, Parkgate, Shirley

Saturday 16 – (11am to 3pm) – Balsall Common Library

Saturday 23 – (11am to 3pm) – Knowle Library

Monday 25 – (3pm to 7pm) – The Core Library, Solihull

Tuesday 26 – (4pm to 7pm) – Asda, Parkgate, Shirley

Thursday 28 – (3pm to 6:45pm) – Chelmsley Wood Library

Lowbrook Farm (Reserved Matters) – Application Submitted – Consultation Period Commenced

A Planning Application -PL/2018/01828/PPRM which is for Lowbrook Farm (Reserved Matters) has been submitted. The consultaion period for this planning application commenced on the 4th July 2018.
The deadline to respond to SMBC is the 25th July 2018.

The documents can be viewed at http://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/ by inserting the planning number into the Search Field.

Planning Application – Tidbury Green Farm – Pub & Restuarant

Planning Application PL/2018/00235/PPFL for Tidbury Green Farm was received on the 29th January 2018. The proposal is for “Change of use of existing farmhouse, associated buildings and land from residential use (Use Class C3) to a pub / restaurant (Use Class A3/A4) with ancillary ,manager’s accommodation, and construction of extensions and associated works, including: formation of access and car parking; partial infilling of the pond; and hard and soft landscaping.”

The Consultaion End Date is the 19th February 2018. Associated documents can be viewed and comments can be made to Solihull MBC via the following link,  http://publicaccess.solihull.gov.uk/  and by inserting the above planning number.

Tidbury Green Parish Council objected to the proposal as detailed below:-

Tidbury Green Parish council object to the above application. This view is predominately based on the responses to a Survey of Parishioners in autumn 2017, which asked for their views of this development. The Survey summary is attached. The results were overwhelmingly opposed to this development.

In addition to the survey findings Tidbury Green Parish Councillors have also detailed reasons why they object to the proposal. These reasons can be found in the attached Appendix 1

Brunning & Price Proposal – TGPC Survey Findings

Thank you to all parishioners who participated in the survey conducted by Tidbury Green Parish Council, to obtain Parishioners views regarding the proposal by  Brunning & Price, to develop the house and barn at Tidbury Green Farm, with enlargements, into a licenced eatery. We received 56 response allowing us to draw some quality conclusions. Results of the survey can be found below.

Please Click Here to View the Report of Findings

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.