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Fulford Green Development Proposal & Solihull Local Plan Review – Update 27th September 2021

Summix FHS Developments LLP (Summix) has been promoting land for development to the South of Tidbury Green, referred to as Fulford Green: A new Garden Village for Solihull. Their proposal is to develop approx. 1800 homes, a high street, with shops and cafes and also a zero-carbon school.

At the Parish Council Meeting, which was held on Wednesday 15th September, the Parish Council Unanimously agreed that they object to the Fulford Green development proposal.

As previously reported “The site at this time is NOT included in the Draft Solihull Local plan”. However, Summix have made representations on the local plan via their agents to make the case that the plan is not sound as it does not include sufficient land for new housing and that the site at Fulford Green should be included.

Following The Draft Solihull Local Plan being submitted to the Secretary of State, it has now been submitted for independent examination – see Solihull Local Plan – Examination in Public.

The hearings in relation to the examination take place between 27th Sept and 9th Dec 2021.

During the hearings the overall housing requirement will be debated, to establish if the Draft Plan includes sufficient housing numbers to meet housing need in Solihull, which includes numbers required as part of their “duty to Cooperate” commitment, which involves contributing to housing number shortfalls where required, to neighbouring areas, including Birmingham.

Based on available information and intelligence, it appears that housing need numbers in some neighbourhood areas including Birmingham, are higher than originally anticipated. Consequently each Neighbouring area may have to make a contribution to deal with the shortfall.

If as anticipated the Inspectors conclude that further homes are required, the likelihood is that various landowners/ developers including Summix will put their sites and proposals forward to Solihull MBC, for them to consider if they should be included in the Local Plan.

Further details about the Examination in Public can be found on the dedicated webpages on the Council website at www.solihull.gov.uk/eip.

The following information was received from Solihull MBC on the 23rd September 2021

A revised timetable has been issued by the Planning Inspectors and can be found on the EiP Council webpages here.

Please be aware you cannot attend the EiP in person unless you have been invited by the Planning Inspectors to participate in the hearings because you made written representations to the Regulation 19 consultation that took place from October to December 2020.

Also because of COVID concerns, there is no capacity for people to attend to observe the proceedings.

However, they will be broadcast live and you will be able to view sessions in the video library at your convenience.  Please follow this link here.

 You can read more here.

 

Say Goodbye to such tranquility in Tidbury Green UNLESS …..

YOU DO SOMETHING TO DEFEND IT!

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU.

What do we love about living here, our parish?  Maybe it is the environment, the natural spaces within easy reach of our front doors. It could be the character of the buildings. It may be the community feeling and spirit we share and enjoy. The reality is that it is likely to be a combination of all these parish benefits that made us wish to live here.

However, change is on the way and not a change for the better. The fact is that if we love living around here, we all need to act to preserve our parish – individually and collectively.

You have the right and the power to stand up for what you want and the information and links on this website will help you.

The Threat is:

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council needs to allocate sufficient land for at least 6,522 net additional homes to ensure sufficient housing land supply to deliver 15,029 additional homes in the period 2014 – 2033.

Site 4 Land west of Dickens Heath

See link below:-

http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Portals/0/Planning/LPR/Draft_Local_Plan_05.12.16.pdf

Residents of Tidbury Green, you need to object to this proposal in the Green Belt for the following reasons:-

1. Green Belt – Residents wish to preserve the green belt as much as possible to prevent merging with neighbouring settlements including Tidbury Green, Wythall, Cheswick Green, Tamworth In Arden, Blythe Valley.
2. Loss of woodland and trees – how do you feel about the adverse effect on the local wildlife sites and loss of playing fields and damage to the environment that will impact on your family, their children and future generations?
3. Traffic and congestion – everyone, be they a pedestrian, cyclist or just pulling a car out of a driveway, knows how dangerous things are becoming. Existing concerns about traffic and congestion will significantly worsen as a result of any further development. The entire road network around Dickens Heath, Tidbury Green, Chiswick Green, Hockley Heath & Tamworth in Arden is in a very poor state, not only in terms of road surface but also road safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Tidbury Green residents using Dickens Heath shops and facilities know that the parking is already inadequate and this is without further development. More importantly, there appears to be no way to improve the parking situation in the village, making the new development proposals unsustainable because they are too far away for walking to the facilities in the village centre and would therefore increase car usage, resulting in further pressure on parking and further gridlock. This is the thin edge of the wedge before these roads become arterial! Can you imagine the noise? You would wave goodbye to tranquillity.
4. There are also concerns about school places and the ability of the current medical services to support the additional burden. Tidbury Green School would have to be extended further.
5. The impact of the development would mean certain businesses closing down – you may not have enjoyed the fun of eating or visiting Akamba, but it has played an important role as a key local employer and facility.
6. Site selection should see new housing fairly distributed across the Borough, to include extending existing urban areas to defendable boundaries while avoiding coalescence between rural villages. A case in point is the concern over a disproportionate number of homes being proposed in the Blythe area.

In summary, there are no exceptional circumstances for changing the boundary to allow 700 new houses on the land proposed on Site 4 west of Dickens Heath.

PLEASE MAKE THESE POINTS USING THE PORTAL BELOW

You can write to the address below but the preferred method for response is to use the online portal (click to access the portal – you will need to register). Responses may also be emailed to psp@solihull.gov.uk or sent by post to:

Policy and Spatial Planning
Solihull MBC
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
B91 3QB

TIMING IS CRITICAL

Responses MUST be received by midnight on Friday 17 February 2017.