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Shaping the borough’s future: Focus is on affordable housing

“WE need a local plan and we need to get going” - that’s the message from Solihull Council as the borough’s controversial local development framework is finalised in readiness for consultation.

“WE need a local plan and we need to get going” - that’s the message from Solihull Council as the borough’s controversial local development framework is finalised in readiness for consultation.

The document, which will shape development in Solihull over the next 15 years was approved in its draft form by Solihull Council’s cabinet just before Christmas and replaces the former Unitary Development Plan.

Councillor Ian Courts, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said: “We want to build a Solihull to live, work and invest in but on the other hand we want to preserve the things that make Solihull special to us such as the green belt that we want to protect and a fairer, more equal borough with a better standard of life.”

Councillors agreed to focus on affordable housing for the north and south of the borough as well as supporting key employers like NEC and Jaguar Land Rover.

Coun Bob Sleigh, Health & Wellbeing Portfolio, added: “The rising ageing population is reflected in the document.

“We need lifetime homes for people particularly those who are older or disabled. It’s extremely unpleasant when people have to move out of their homes.

“It’s crucial that we do have a policy.”

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