Hearing sessions for the examination of Solihull’s Draft Local Plan are now in full swing, giving locals the chance to have their say on the thousands of new homes earmarked for the borough over the next 15 years.
The independent examination of Solihull Council’s Local Development Framework, overseen by planning inspectpr Stephen Pratt, began at the end of last year and has been set up to examine the ‘soundness’ of the plan.
Mr Pratt has accepted a raft of written objections and observations from local residents, organisations and parish councils about where the council proposes to place the new housing and business premises.
Individual hearing sessions are now taking place to allow spokespeople to speak for their communities.
Dickens Heath Parish Council has objected to land on Cleobury Lane being developed due to the site being within the green belt. Members have also raised concerns over a lack of consultation between Solihull Council and residents.
In his submission for the Kingshurst and Fordbridge ward, Councillor David Jamieson praised parts of the plan but requested development of the Babbs Mill site to be removed.
“I support the Plan and feel many parts of it will bring great benefit,” the Labour councillor said.
“Babbs Mill Park was created in 1977 and designated as a Local Area Nature Reserve in 2002. It has provided a haven for wildlife and a valuable green place for recreation for local people and many visitors to the site.
“I believe that building up to 70 homes on this site is in clear contravention of the Council’s policy on protecting green infrastructure.”
Objections have also been made against the development of sites in Balsall Common, Solihull Lodge, Chelmsley Wood and Knowle.
Hearings are scheduled to finish on March 1.