SMBC Publish Draft Local Plan Report – Consultation Commences

During November 2016, SMBC published their Draft Local Plan report and proposals for releasing particular sites for either housing or employment development. These were submitted to Cabinet, who approved the Draft Local Plan Consultation, which will run from 5 December 2016 to 30 January 2017. Whilst current proposals protect Tidbury Green from further major housing development there are a number of sites proposed in nearby surrounding areas, which will inevitably have an impact on the transport network and other resources

Further details and associated documents including the Draft Local Plan Report, the consultaion document, detailing how to share your views can be viewed on the SMBC Website.

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.

Update From Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins – October 2016

At the October 2016 Parish Council meeting Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins provided an update on the Solihull Local Plan. Solihull MBC will finalise and submit their preferred options report to Cabinet in November 2016. This will include findings of the Green Belt Review. If necessary this will be refined, with the aim of it being ready for Public Examination in early 2017. Solihull MBC plan to have the revised Solihull Local Plan adopted by October/ November 2017.

Borough Councillor Ken Hawkins estimated that during the period covered by the revised Local Plan, Solihull have to accommodate land for an additional 8.0k homes, of which 2.5k are likely to be built in the Blythe area.

High Court Judgement Made – Appeal Succeeds

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. Consequently SMBC had to make changes to their Local Plan which included deleting the paragraph relating to the two sites in Tidbury Green that were to have been returned to the Green Belt.