Help For Hedgehogs – Update

There has been a major decline in the number of hedgehogs across the country and in 2015 Solihull was selected to spearhead research to try and reverse that decline. A major publicity drive was started talking about the plight of hedgehogs and giving ideas as to what we can all do to try and improve their habitat in our urban environment. The second stage was a programme of research work that set out to establish where in the Solihull area there were hedgehogs. Baited tunnels were set up to encourage hedgehogs in the hope they would leave tracks as they left the tunnel.

Support From Tidbury Green Residents

Tidbury Green residents were invited to participate in this work by hosting a tunnel for a period of 5 days. Results were varied and we had cats, voles, mice, rats and foxes all come and sample the special hedgehog bait. We finished up having hedgehog tracks from four different sites around our area which was encouraging. We also deployed a camera trap in one garden where hedgehogs were regular visitors and shot video of them whilst they went about their foraging. Thank you to all those who helped collect the track data.

Making Your Garden More Hedgehog Friendly

Hedgehogs roam far and wide whilst foraging for food and to find a mate. They need access to our gardens as they are a rich source of food. They need access to the wider area via our gardens. We can all help to make our gardens more Hedgehog friendly by ensuring they have paths into and out of our gardens. Fences and wire netting that we use to secure our gardens are not hedgehog friendly but by making holes about the size of a hand (10-15cms) in the bottom of a fence can allow hedgehogs free access to roam. Security is barely compromised but the access it will offer hedgehogs will in the long term help their return.

Slug Pellets

Whilst Slug pellets keep our plants safe from slug attack, such pellets are very poisonous to hedgehogs, and we should try and find other ways to stop slugs (a beer trap can be quite effective!).

What's Next

The work is being extended to other midlands centres and further research into the hedgehog densities should be started in the spring.

Further Information

For further information see http://www.helpforhedgehogs.co.uk/ Or The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust at Solihull Tel 0121 704 0768.

SMBC Consultation into the Solihull Local Plan Review scope, issues and options

SMBC advised that they had published the Solihull Local Plan Review scope, issues and options document for consultation. The review will set out the future spatial strategy for the borough and update the policies and proposals up to 2033. This will include the allocation of sites to promote development and flexible use of land and the bringing forward of new land for development where necessary. The consultation end date is the 22nd January 2016. The Parish Council considered participation in this consultation imperative, from both the perspective of the Parish Council and parishioners, as the outcome of the review could have a significant impact for Tidbury Green.

The Parish Council proided a newsletter  informing Parishioners of the consultation and urging them to respond, using the provided questionnaire obtainable from the website or by contacting SMBC.

Tidbury Green Parish Council’s completed questionairre  and Supporting letter sent in response to the consultaion can be found Here. Documents referred and enclosed with Tidbury Green Parish Council’s response are included below within the related documents section of this page.

 

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.

Allotment Plot Waiting List

Tidbury Green Parish Council has an allotment site  situated in Wood Lane, Earlswood opposite the Craft Centre and consists of approximately four acres of land.

Originally, the site was divided into 20 plots each measuring approximately 90 by 30 feet but due to recent demand for allotments from local residents the Association decided to limit allocation to half plots only.

If you would like to register your interest and be added to the waiting list for a plot at Wood Lane Allotments, please contact Rob Hawkes on Tel: 01564 826323 or email roberthawkes@sky.com.

Thank You To The Social Committee

For a number of years the Social Committee have given up their time free of charge and worked immensely hard to organise and deliver some fabulous social events for the benefit of Tidbury Green Parishioners. As mentioned the Annual Scarecrow Competition has grown in popularity year on year, yet again the 2015 Barn Dance Supper evening was a great success where fun was had by all and for the first year in 2015 a Christmas Carol Concert in association with Tidbury Green School was organised. This was a sell-out event which received excellent feedback from those who attended. The Social events have such a positive impact bringing people together and helping to build a strong community spirit. Also the Social Committee use a number of events to raise money for charity. Most recently a Cheque for £250 has been sent to Edwards Trust from the events and collections from last year. The Parish Council would therefore like to say a massive thank you to all those who are part of the Tidbury Green Social Committee. All your hard work is really appreciated and events organised are very much enjoyed.

Scarecrow Competition 2015 Results

Scarecrow Competition

The 2015 theme was “Strictly comes to Tidbury Green” Like last year, the 2015 event included a children’s painting competition. Prizes were awarded to 3 agreed age category winners. The event also saw the introduction of the Tidbury Green Great Bake Off.

The day included an afternoon social event, where refreshments were provided and all entries to the painting competition were displayed and cakes tasted and judged. There was an excellent turn out and it provided a good opportunity for neighbours to meet new people. There was a great atmosphere and this is an excellent example of the community spirit in the village.

The popularity of this annual village event continued to grow with a record 20 entries. These were marked by 3 judges. Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to everyone that entered the competitions of the day including the Cake baking and children’s painting and well done to all the winners.

As always a massive thank you goes to the Social Committee, who work so hard to make these enjoyable events happen.

1st Place - Mrs Blick of Tilehouse Lane with a portrayal of the strictly judges

Second place - Mr Farr of Lowbrook Lane with another portrayal of the strictly judges, but in post celebration disarray.

Third place - Mrs Boulter of Lady Lane with an elegantly dressed couple dancing.

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.

Harvest Supper 2015

The 2015 Harvest Supper took place on Saturday 10th October 2015 in the Tidbury Green School Hall. Yet again the event was a great success where fun was had by all. The evening like last year’s event consisted of Folk Music, a Barn Dance with Caller and a Ploughman’s Supper.