SOLIHULL LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT PLAN

This is the draft of the plan that will control development in Solihull over the next period up to 2036. It covers all aspects of life in Solihull including housing, business, environment, travel and health.


Red areas are housing, hatched green areas are protected wildlife etc spaces, pale green is the remaining Green Belt.

For Knowle it confirms plans for housing developments on Hampton Rd; one on the current football club site, and one on the other side of the road on the former Thackers Nurseries site. Replacement sports facilities would be provided near the canal.  It also confirms plans for housing on the ‘Arden Triangle’ with redevelopment of Arden Academy and provision of another primary school.
It mentions the need for improvements in travel and facilities, although it doesn’t specifically mention health services.
It is clear that this marks (another) major change for Knowle so it is vital that as many people as possible look at the plans and comment upon them.  You can find all the detail at https://www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr. The Neighbourhood Forum will be playing a major role in reviewing the plans, as will the Knowle Society’s Planning Committee, but individual comments will carry weight as well, so please do what you can to improve the plan.

KNOWLE SOCIETY SUBSCRIPTIONS

Many thanks to Members who have paid their 2020/21 subscriptions already, either by Standing Order or directly to the Membership Secretary.  If you haven’t done so, please do so as soon as you can, it’s a very busy time anyway, so your cooperation is very much appreciated.  If you’re not sure whether you’ve paid or not, just email me at membership@knowlesociety.org.uk 

WINTER WARMTH

Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull have launched the annual Winter Warmth campaign to help people stay warm and well this winter.

People can call the Solihull Winter Warmth Helpline for advice, tips and practical help on keeping warm and making their home more energy efficient. The service is not just for elderly or unwell residents; it is for anyone who needs help staying warm this winter.
The helpline is available on 0121 704 8080, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, offering help with issues such as:

  • Providing emergency heaters if your heating breaks down
  • Receiving a ‘Safe and Well’ visit from West Midlands Fire Service
  • Making a ‘Warm Home Discount’ application and joining the ‘Priority Services Register’
  • Finding a tradesperson for emergency repairs
  • Practical help on making your home warmer this winter
  • Advice on finding a cheaper energy provider
  • Benefits and debt advice

Read more here.

ARMED FORCES COMMUNITY GARDEN

To coincide with the Poppy Appeal 2020 and in collaboration with the Royal British Legion Warwickshire and Birmingham County, Solihull Council has revealed the final design for the Armed Forces Community Garden in Hillfield Park.

Working closely to identify the needs of military personnel and involving local veterans and serving personnel, army medical teams and local community groups, the Council’s landscape architect has designed a garden with three distinct areas offering different habitats and activity levels.

Zone one is the formal garden which will feature a variety of sensory plants, seated areas and places for reflection. Zone two will be a summer meadow providing wild flower walks and a mini orchard. Zone three will be a newly planted community woodland. The whole site will be accessible to all ages and those with mobility issues.

The design is on display in Hillfield Park at the entrance to the area which will become the formal garden. Ground work will begin in January 2021 after the original start date this summer was delayed by the pandemic.   Find out more here.