A SERIES of public hearings which kick off next Tuesday in Wolverhampton will scrutinise the number of new homes needed in Solihull and Birmingham over the next 17 years.
The Examination in Public meeting at the Molineaux Stadium in Wolverhampton on April 28, will see representatives from a variety of voluntary, public and private bodies attending, including Solihull Council, Severn Trent Water, Centro and Hockley Heath Parish Council.
Matters up for discussion on the agenda at the meetings will revolve around the revised West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy (WMRSS), prepared by the West Midlands Regional Assembly, a Birmingham based local planning organisation.
The plan sets out targets for homes, the economy, infrastructure and waste reduction across the region through to 2026.
Amongst the many issues being debated, major concerns will centre around the distribution of additional housing development in Solihull and Birmingham and the environmental impact of their scheme.
The government is proposing 445,000 new homes be made available across the region, which is 80,000 more than the Assembly has proposed.
The meetings will run for 7 weeks until June 26 with items relating to Solihull and Birmingham due to be heard on June 2.
Councillor David Smith, chairman of the West Midlands Regional Assembly, said: “The Examination will no doubt be challenging, but we welcome an open and public debate on the tough choices to be made which affect the future sustainablity of the West Midlands.”