In the very short time allowed, the Society has responded to the Council’s call for views on the draft Core Strategy for the Borough for the next 15 years. Our response to this initial draft may be read by following this link. We will have a chance to make further comments after the Council’s first revision; we will take into account any views expressed by our members in the intervening period. The final version will then be submitted to the Secretary of State by Solihull Council.
On 9th December 2010 The Knowle Society submitted its formal response (see attachment below) to Solihull Council’s draft Emerging Core Strategy Consultation.
The Council’s long term development plan (the ‘UDP’) for the future of Solihull runs out in 2011 and is to be replaced by an updated version (called the Local Development Framework, or ‘LDF’) which will run until 2026. The Society would value your thoughts on the proposals included in the LDF (and those that are not but should be). Please use the ‘forum’ (follow link on the right) to let us know.
The ‘Emerging Core Strategy Consultation Document’ of the LDF is available at http://www.solihull.gov.uk/ldf in the list on the right hand side of the page and copies of the supporting documents are also listed there. Printed copies are also available for study at libraries and at Solihull Connect. You can also send your comments directly to the Council, but we would appreciate a copy (on the Forum or sent to email@example.com). Council Officers will be available for discussions at Knowle Library between 2:45 and 6:45 on Thursday 28th October.
The Society has written to the Inspector in advance of the intended hearing, following appeal against initial rejection of this application.
The Knowle Society has written to the Planning Inspector reiterating and expanding the objections raised by the Society in its original letter to Solihull Council. This action follows an appeal by the applicant against the rejection of the application by Solihull Council.
Following negotiations over various legal matters and work to be done to public items, such as the widening of the footpath from Knowle to the site, the development of this site is now expected to proceed.
The Knowle Society has expressed its satisfaction with the plans for this site, which it believes will be an enhancement to the area. See SMBC Planning Application Decision: 2009/72/S.
The Inspector has requested further information from the appellant and has therefore postponed the hearing planned for 3rd August 2010.