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Strategy for a greener Solihull

PLANS to protect Solihull’s countryside have been outlined by the borough council.

PLANS to protect Solihull’s countryside have been outlined by the borough council.

This week, the local authority published its draft Countryside Strategy - which sets out a ten-year plan for the borough’s rural areas.

In its report, the council argues against expanding villages like Knowle, Dorridge and Balsall Common.

Now it is asking for the views of local residents so they can have their say.

Councillor John Reeve, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said: “We want to ensure Solihull stays true to its motto, Town in the Country, by protecting and managing the countryside.

“We expect many challenges over the coming years, both environmentally and economically, and it is the purpose of Solihull’s Countryside Strategy to foresee these issues and provide a common sense approach to dealing with them.”

Among the suggestions in the draft report are:

l Plans to improve recreation on Stratford-Upon-Avon Canal and Earlswood Lakes.

l Encourage planting along the motorway corridor, which would hide nearby settlements.

l Protect the narrow strip of green belt which separates Solihull from Knowle and Dorridge.

l Plant hedgerows and woodlands across the Solihull area.

The first Countryside Strategy was published in 2000 and now the council is preparing its next ten-year plan.

Residents can have their say by logging on to www.solihull.gov.uk/consultation/22212.htm. The deadline for comments is July 30.

 

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