Solihull Local Plan Review- Consultation

Solihull Local Plan – Draft Submission Plan

Solihull MBC have published the latest version of the Solihull Local Plan. The consultation period runs up until 14 December 20. This is your final chance to make representation before the plan is submitted to Planning Inspectorate for examination.

As stated on the Solihull MBC website “Solihull’s Local Plan will guide the development of the borough for the next decade and beyond. It is the basis for future planning decisions as it creates a ‘blueprint’ for when and where major developments should and shouldn’t take place.

The grounds for making representations can only relate to the soundness and legal compliance of this Draft Submission Plan.”

Those wishing to make representations should visit the Local Plan Review page of the Council website. The site includes a short video which explains how to make a representation and is also included here.”

If you have any queries, or would like any further information, you can contact a member of the Policy & Delivery Team on 0121 704 8008 or email psp@solihull.gov.uk

Local Changes made through the earlier consultation process: Land west of Dickens Heath, Previously site 4 now BL1, covering the sports grounds off Tythe Barn Lane and land across to the canal, reduced from 700 to 350 homes.

The Parish Council advise parishioners to use this opportunity to make final representations regarding the Solihull Local Plan.

You can also Comment on the Solihull Local Plan Consultaion by Submit an email with your name, address and comments to: – psp@solihull.gov.uk

Below are examples / notes of valid planning comments that can be used by residents to comment on the Local Plan Review – Site 4 (part of west of Dickens Heath BL1).

Suggestions were provided by Jean Walters of CPRE. The Parish Council wishes to thank Jean for all her help and support that she continues to provide.

  1. Site 4, West of Dickens Heath (also referenced as BL1) is in a high performing Green Belt area, which has not been taken into consideration in the Sustainability Appraisal. Central Government Policy is to protect the Green Belt and develop on Brownfield land first.
  2. The Sustainability Appraisal tries to prove that this Site is sustainable when it clearly is not, owing to the numerous mitigation measures proposed to try and make it sustainable, some of which are unachievable.
  3. The sports fields can be re-located but at some upheaval to the clubs and members, but why move them in the first place?
  4. The Council have not undergone a proper scrutiny of all other more sustainable sites in a sequential test that would have fewer constraints if the Sustainability Appraisal had been carried out correctly in the first place, before the site allocation, rather than trying to make the pre-selected site allocations fit the Plan.
  5. This proposed development of 250 houses will be un-associated, both visually and physically, with the award-winning Village of Dickens Heath. The character and setting of the Village will be adversely affected and sense of community and identity compromised. There are strong, definable boundaries to the existing Village being the canal and the woodlands and ancient hedgerows.
  6. Site 4 is surrounded by Local Wildlife Sites and Ancient Woodland. Although the Council state that to mitigate for the proposed development the area can be enhanced, they have not considered the very important connectivity of these important ecological sites. Indeed, Natural England have stated that “Ensure current ecological networks are not compromised, and future improvements in habitat connectivity are not prejudiced.”
  7. Traffic & Village centre parking. The Traffic Study does propose some works to improve the congestion in peak hours but the situation will be further exacerbated by the huge number of new homes proposed in the Blythe area and South Shirley. The Council only propose to solve the Village Centre parking problem by controlling some on-street parking which will not solve the existing problem and will only be made worse with more development. The narrow, rural road network cannot take further development and is already overloaded.
  8. The proposed development is not within a recognised walking distance from the Village Centre facilities, so further adds to the un-sustainability of the development. The Council state that a new footpath will be needed to the private road of Birchy Close to reduce the walking distance but this is legally unachievable. They suggest that a new bus route down Birchy Leasowes Lane could be provided but how will a bus exit the junction with Dickens Heath Road safely. At this junction the ancient woodland either side of this junction would inhibit any road improvement which has not been recommended. All the proposed footpaths are welcomed and should have been put in place many years ago to facilitate the extensions of the existing Village.
  9. Although the flooding report states that Site 4 is mostly in flood zone 1, local residents have evidence that the sports fields flood nearly every year because of the increased rainfall due to climate change and the fact that this area is of bolder clay that restricts permeability. Even given the fact that a sustainable urban drainage (SUD) system is proposed, this all adds to the unsustainability of this site when other “Amber” sites have far less constraints.

There will be many other issues you may wish to add but it is important that as many people as possible write in what they think, which will affect the area that we live in for many years to come. Your comments will then go before a Government Inspector to examine the local plan in a virtual public meeting to commence possibly next Spring/Summer.

Solihull’s Draft Submission Plan online webinars

Solihull MBC have provided the information below:-

Council officers are holding two webinars to help residents and businesses make final representations about Solihull’s Draft Submission Plan.

Representations can be submitted up to Monday 14 December 2020, before the Plan is submitted for independent examination.   Solihull’s Local Plan will guide the development of the borough for the next decade and beyond. It is the basis for future planning decisions as it creates a ‘blueprint’ for when and where major developments should and shouldn’t take place.


The grounds for making representations can only relate to the soundness and legal compliance of this Draft Submission Plan.   Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing explains what the plan means for Solihull in a short video here.     Those wanting to make representations need to visit the Local Plan Review page of the Council website as at this stage there is a formal method of submitting a representation.  A short video explains how to make a representation here.  

To offer interested parties an opportunity to discuss the Plan with Council officers, two webinars have been organised  Thursday 12 November at 10am Monday 16 November at 5.30pm To take part, you need to go to the Council’s YouTube page where these webinars will be streamed. 

 If you would like to forward a question for the team to answer as part of the webinar, you can do in advance to psp@solihull.gov.uk, please include ‘Question for Webinar’ in the subject line of your email.   The representation period will close on Monday 14 December.   Read more here.

For more information about Solihull’s Local Plan review, visit www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr

  

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