Solihull Local Plan
The Council's Local Plan which sets out targets for the number of new homes to be built in Solihull and defines how that target will be achieved was approved by the Government's Planning Inspector and then formally adopted by Solihull Council in early December 2013. This plan includes for the return of Lowbrook Farm and Tidbury Green Farm land to green belt status.
During early January 2014 a legal challenge was submitted to the High Court, by Gallagher Estates (Lowbrook Farm) and LionCourt Homes (Tidbury Green Farm). They claim that the land at the sites they control should not be returned to the Green belt and that Solihyll's Plan is flawed in the way that it was put together.
There will be hearing in front of High Court judges, who will determine whether the claim is valid and the action to be taken. Solihull Council have said that they will defend its position in Court and rebut the claims. We are currently awaiting a date for the meeting.
Development of land off Fulford Hall Road
The meeting of residents that took place on the 13th November 2013, was very well attended by local residents, with approximately 60 residents attending the meeting. Residents raised their concerns about the proposal and the impact that they believed it would have on Tidbury Green. Concerns and issues were duly noted and can be found in the attached minutes. Every resident unanimously objected to the proposal.
Residents were advised to write to Solihull MBC or record their views and feedback via the Solihull MBC website. Tidbury Green Parish Council have also submitted their representation to Solihull MBC.
As detailed on the attached notice a meeting with Tidbury Green Parish Councillors has been arranged to discuss the application and what it means for the community of Tidbury Green. The meeting will place on Wednesday 13th November at 7:00pm at Tidbury Green Village Hall, Dickens Heath Road. We hope to see you there.
October 2013: Outline Planning Application submitted for residential development of up to 190 dwellings with associated infrastructure, including means of access, sustainable Drainage System and open space. - when the new window opens insert planning application number 2013/1705 to view the details and documents relating to the application.
Consultation on proposed Development
Homes and businesses within a 1 mile radius of this site should have received a consultation Leaflet, on behalf of Lioncourt Homes. It details their intentions to submit an outline Planning Application to Solihull MBC during August 2013. The current proposal is to build 185 houses. A link to the leaflet can be found below.
As detailed in the document there will be a public exhibition at Earlswood Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday 4th June 2013, 3:30pm - 7:30pm. The consultation document also provides details on how you can feed back your views during the consultation period.
Public Consultation Leaflet
Development of land at Lowbrook Farm
As a result of the challenge to Solihull's Local Plan, detailed above, the report from the Lowbrook Farm Planning Inspector has been delayed until July 2014.
October 2013 Update
The Inquiry reconvened and was completed on the 6th and 9th September 2013. It is anticipated that it will be a couple of months before a decision is reached.
August 2013 Update
Due to the illness of one of the barristers the inquiry that commenced on the 12th June 2013 did not see the completion of all required work. Consequently the inquiry will reconvene on the 6th and 9th September 2013.
The Appeal Inquiry will take place at the Council House, Solihull on Wednesday 12th June 2013, commencing at 10:00am, to hear the evidence before an inspector. The inquiry is expected to last 3 days and your Parish Council will make representations at the inquiry. Members of the public can request to address the inquiry but must register on the first day.
February 2013: The applicants to build 200 homes at Lowbrook Farm have appealed SMBC’s decision for refusal. The appeal can be found at the Planning Portal and inserting the appeal case number 2192128.
The deadline to submit any further comments is 21st March.
30th January 2013: Solihull MBC Planning Committee decided 6 to 3 to reject the application to build at Lowbrook Farm.
SMBC Planning Committee minutes for 30th January 2013 - item 7.
16th January 2013: The Solihull MBC Planning Committee meeting on 16th January 2013 was attended by 30 Tidbury Green residents and both the Chair of the Parish Council, Peter Seddon, and Borough Ward Councillor Ken Hawkins addressed the meeting, speaking against the development. A final decision on the outline planning application was deferred for two weeks pending legal counsel’s guidance as to the soundness of the reasons for refusal. The next meeting of the Solihull Planning Committee is on Wednesday 30th January 2013.
SMBC Planning Committee minutes for 16th January 2013 - see item 7
January 2013: Following the period of consultation the planning application (PA2012/1627) will be on the agenda for the meeting of SMBC's Planning Committee held at 6:00pm in the Civic Suite on 16th January 2013. Members of the Parish Council will be in attendance, with the Chairman registered to speak on behalf of the council.
October 2012: Outline Planning Application - when the new window opens insert planning application number 2012/1627 to view the details and documents relating to the application.
Public Consultation leaflet
There will be a public exhibition on behalf of Gallagher Estates at Tidbury Green Village Hall, Dickens Heath Road, Tidbury Green on Friday 11th May 2012, 10.00am - 4.00pm and Saturday 12th May 2012, 2.00pm - 5.00pm