AS the Member of Parliament for Meriden for almost 12 years I have seen many changes across the borough, not least the increase in housing, mainly as in-fill development, but also the growth of Balsall Common and the new village of Dickens Heath.
From a business perspective there is also Blythe Valley Business Park and Birmingham Business Park.
Major developments around our area are planned many years ahead, in the past as the Unitary Development Plan and now as the Local Development Framework.
A new cycle of planning is now well under way and last week the Council ran a series of road shows to help gather the comments from residents on possible options.
This planning process will determine how the whole borough develops over the next 15 to 20 years.
The decisions made will be partly determined by central Government through unelected regional bodies and partly by input from local community groups and other stakeholders through Solihull Council.
The plans for the future of our area are of great concern to me. There is a limit to how much development an area can take before what makes it a good place to live starts to spoil it.
Already I have identified a number of areas that need very careful consideration, especially potential incursion into our green belt, which, as many of you will know, I have campaigned tirelessly to protect.
There is likely to be a growing trend towards green transport, especially as fuel costs continue to rise.
This planning process provides an ideal opportunity to enhance the provision of cycle routes, ‘yellow buses and ‘walking buses’ for school children.
Given the aging population challenge that faces us, primary healthcare facilities need to be carefully considered and need to be at the heart of the community.
There are many more aspects of the Local Development Framework that need to be considered and I encourage you to take a look at the consultation documents available either from the council or on the website www.solihull.gov.uk and have your say.