Updates relating to this development.

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.

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

 

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.

Tidbury Green Farm Development Working Group Set Up

The Parish Council decided that a Tidbury Green 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 Graham Thomas agreed to take the lead role

Cllr. Thomas completed a letter drop tp local homes inviting parishioners to join in a group to liaise with developers. As a result of this he received 8 positive responses from Parishioners wishing to be involved in the Tidbury Green Farm Development Working Group.

Tidbury Green Farm – February 2016

We await the submission of the detailed Planning Application by LionCourt Homes. This will provide the specifics of the development including layout and design. Once available the Parish Council will review in depth the plans and proposals and submit relevant views and comments to Solihull MBC. We recommend that parishioners also review these and submit their opinions to the Council. Whilst unfortunately we cannot prevent this development we can work together with the aim of contributing to and shaping the design and layout of the development and hopefully obtain some benefits for the community. The Parish Council will also work to develop communication channels and engage with LionCourt with a view to achieving these aims.

The attached leaflet was issued by Gallagher Estates for the public consulatation.

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.

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.