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Webinar – Monday 14th June, 7.30pm

Our guest speaker for the final Webinar in our series ‘Foreseeable Future’ will be the Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Courts. 

He will give his perspective on the future direction for Knowle, including matters we have covered in the previous sessions, and also set the future of Knowle within a view of the way ahead for Solihull as a borough, as he sees it.

The session will be chaired by Leighton Jones, who will then ask for answers to your questions to round off this series.

To join us on the night, sign up here:

The webinar (6) can now be viewed here:


We have also overcome the technical challenges which delayed publishing the recordings of the fourth and fifth Webinars. These were:- Leighton Jones meets Dr Mike Baker, Strategic Director of GPS Healthcare (Knowle Surgery) and Primary Care Lead for the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss the current position with and future of health provision in GP surgeries.

https://www.knowlesociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Ks-Webinar-4.mp4

and Dave Pinwell talks to Chris Gregory, founder Director of Visit Knowle. Chris is a specialist in Town Management and Business Improvement, a High Streets Task Force Expert as well as a Knowle resident.
https://www.knowlesociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/KS-Webinar-5.mp4

(NB: These links will only work for a period of a few weeks, we are arranging some cloud storage for the record of this series and will issue details when the full set is available)

Solihull Local Plan update

The Council has now submitted the Local Plan to the Secretary of State (via the Planning Inspectorate) for examination. 

The Plan and associated documents can be found here.

An Independent Planning Inspector will be appointed to undertake the examination and this will include a series of hearings, called an Examination in Public.

Following these hearings, the Inspector is able to suggest modifications to the plan in order for it to be sound, if so there will be an opportunity for any modifications to be published to seek views on their soundness.

If this stage is necessary it will be subject to a further report to Cabinet and Full Council.

At the conclusion of the examination the Inspector issues his/her final report which then allows the Council to adopt the plan if it is found to be sound and legally compliant. Adoption of the plan is by resolution from Full Council.

It is likely that an Inspector will be appointed by mid-June and that the hearings will take place later in the year.  

High Streets in decline

The fifth webinar in our series turns the spotlight onto the village centre and local concerns that a number of empty shops means that Knowle may follow the perceived national trend of ‘High Streets in decline’ as Dave Pinwell talks to Chris Gregory, founder Director of Visit Knowle. Chris is a specialist in Town Management and Business Improvement, a High Streets Task Force Expert as well as a Knowle resident. The webinar can be viewed here.

Health Provision – The foreseeable future

Recordings of the Society’s April and May ‘Foreseeable Future’ Webinars are now available for online viewing. In the first, from April 19th, Leighton Jones meets Dr Mike Baker, Strategic Director of GPS Healthcare (Knowle Surgery) and Primary Care Lead for the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss the current position with and future of health provision in GP surgeries. The webinar can be viewed here.