Communities in small villages and large cities are taking control over the future development of their neighbourhoods. They are shaping the places where they live and work, and deciding what type of development is needed, where it should go and what it should look like. People in over 1,200 areas have started working on a neighbourhood plan, with over 140 plans published. 37 of these have gone to referendums and all of these have won resounding victories as local residents have turned out in large numbers to agree the plan written by their neighbourhood plan group.
The Knowle Society and Dorridge & District Residents’ Association (DDRA) are cooperating to initiate the independent body which would drive forward the creation of a local Neighbourhood Plan in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath. The details of this initiative are in the leaflet circulated to all homes in Knowle & Dorridge as an insert to the December 2014 issue of Look Local – a copy is attached below.
Simultaneous drop-in sessions to collect comments from local people are taking place on Saturday 6th December at Knowle Library (10am-3pm) and the newly refurbished Dorridge Station Waiting Room (Platform 1 – not the Ticket Hall) (10am-2pm). The results of these drop-ins will be fed back at a Public Meeting at Arden Academy on Wednesday 7th January 2015, when it is hoped that the new independent committee will be formed to work on this plan.
Everyone in Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath is invited and welcome to come to any of these meetings. We hope that you will find this new initiative a really interesting and worthwhile development for the community.