UNPOPULAR plans for a bypass through parts of Balsall Common and Berkswell - believed to date back to the 1960s - have been officially thrown out by parish councillors.
Members of Balsall Parish Council decided at a meeting this week they would no longer be asking for the route to be considered as part of Solihull’s Local Plan (Local Development Framework).
The controversial proposed bypass would have run from Hallmeadow Road through greenbelt at Barratts Farm to the Kenilworth Road.
The local plan, which states where housing and other developments should be sited in the borough over the next 15 years, is currently being examined by an independent planning inspector.
Balsall Parish Council previously asked for the bypass to be considered but the project was opposed by both Solihull Council and members of neighbouring Berkswell Parish Council.
Chairman, Councillor Ian Hedley, told the Solihull News he was ‘delighted’ to announce that the council had now pulled its support for the idea.
“This is a real positive outcome for the people of Berkswell and Balsall Common,” he said.
“These were just lines drawn on a map years ago and things have changed a lot since then. We have listened to the concerns - this bypass would have had a tremendous impact on Berkswell.
“As a result we have decided we will not be asking the inspector to consider the bypass as part of his examination of the local plan.”
Graham Lock, chairman of Berkswell Parish Council, said the bypass could have resulted in a loss of greenbelt, an increase in traffic and acted as a catalyst for further development.
“I am pleased with the outcome and that Solihull Council and the two parish councils have all been in agreement.
“This is another example of the two parish councils working together for the good of local residents.”