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Balsall Common

The Solihull village with a Coventry postcode, the community is on the frontlines of the contentious HS2 development. It has expanded rapidly in recent years.

Councillor Jim Ryan

New Forest of Arden housing plan sparks a barrage of complaints

Solihull Council's planning committee recently gave outline planning permission for developer Catesby Estates Ltd to build 110 homes on land near Kenilworth Road.

Emscot Barn in Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common.

Balsall Common barn conversion is a beauty

There is no shortage of character in this 16th century, part-thatched barn conversion in Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common.

Joe Goodrem was a schoolboy in London when zeppelins dropped bombs on the capital

Balsall Common pensioner recalls the day German zeppelins dropped bombs on Britain in WW1

Balsall Common pensioner is one of the few people who can still remember the First World War - but his favourite memories are those of his wife Peggy.

Ryan and Amy Jackson from Balsall Common

Solihull still birth and neo-natal charity in £3,000 furniture boost from Leekes

Leekes home department store in Coventry offered a sofa, chairs, a coffee table, sideboard and accessories for the room- worth over £3,000 to the Lily Mae Foundation.


Campaigners urge review over flight path noise row

Angry residents are raising a protest petition to be sent to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Jemma Brownlee from Balsall Common fractured her skull in the fall outside her home – and her body was only discovered 15 hours later.

Accountant died in stairs plunge after boozy night

Jemma Brownlee fractured her skull in the fall outside her home - and her body was only discovered 15 hours later.

Tiny Teddies owners Michelle and Paul Ingram

Nursery rated 'inadequate' taken over by new owners

The 76-place Zig Zags Nursery, in Kenilworth Road, hit the headlines last summer after inspectors found children were at risk from dirty toys and plastic bags left within their reach.

Major developments set for green belt land

Two major developments are set to be built on green belt land despite objections from residents.

Barry Todd came round after wife Carol played music to him by his choir the Midland Voices

Choir saved my life, says musical director Barry

Barry Todd had spent his career in the entertainment business, working with major stage stars and founding the Midland Voice Choir five years ago.

Spelman called to account on HS2

Campaigners are preparing to make a last ditch attempt to convince MP Caroline Spelman to oppose the second reading of the HS2 bill.

Endurance athlete Paddy Doyle takes part in another World Record attempt

Wat-er way for Paddy to break more world records

Paddy Doyle has been wading through water-logged fields and quagmire footpaths to add five new Guinness World Records to his current 58 titles.

Members of Scotia Freestyle Martial Arts Academy (SFMAA).

Andrew sets gold standard for a martial arts academy

If he can walk away with the Best of British heavyweight title despite suffering an injured wrist and hamstring, who knows what martial arts instructor Andrew Waldon can do when fighting fit.

The new Solihull News website

Welcome to the new-look Solihull News website

The Solihull News' new website,, has a wide range of new and improved features

Trevor and Glenys Scott-Worthington

Couple open 50 year-old bottle to celebrate golden anniversary

Trevor and Glenys Scott-Worthington were presented with a bottle of Worthington’s India Pale Ale when they tied the knot in 1963, because they shared the same name as the brand.

Shona O'keeffe with sister Cara

Balsall Common girl with genetic condition competes in Olympic Games

A Balsall Common teenager who has a rare genetic condition has overcome hurdles to compete in the Special Olympics National Summer Games

Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport chooses preferred flight path option

Birmingham Airport has published its post-consultation report outlining the preferred flightpath option for aircraft taking off to the south

Grace Academy students celebrate top A level results

Students celebrate A level success

It has been exam success across the board this year for schools in Solihull, with students north and south of the borough achieving record results in their A levels and Post 16 examinations

Zigzag Nursery in Balsall Common was rated as 'inadequate' by Oftsed inspectors

Balsall Common nursery is rated 'inadequate'

A nursery in Balsall Common has been condemned by Ofsted after dangerous plastic bags were left within the reach of young children

Guy Elliot of Sweetspot

Solihull cyclist Guy Elliott at the heart of plans to bring women's tour to Britain

A key figure at Solihull Cycling Club is the driving force behind the new five-day women’s international bike tour scheduled for next year

Solihull town centre

Solihull Council latest planning list

The following planning applications have recently been received by Solihull MBC

Videos & Photos

Debden Close in Dorridge, Solihull.

Extended Dorridge home with lots of space

Double fronted bungalow in Coleshill Heath Road, Birmingham.

Coleshill Heath Road bungalow is easy on the eyes

Evenson Court in Dorridge, Solihull

Evenson Court in Station Road


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