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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.


Knowle Society is very pleased to be able to inform the community of Knowle that this project is GO!

Following very successful and generous fundraising and negotiations with several potential suppliers and installers of new play equipment, agreement has been reached for the project to go ahead.  Orders have been placed for the following equipment (shown above) to greatly enhance the existing timeworn items and to extend the age range catered for. Facilities have also been designed to allow use by less able children.

2.4 Olympic Swing, Including, 2 Flat Seats, 1 Toddler Seat and 1 Inclusive Seat:

4m High Net Pyramid:

Titan Carousel with T Bar Hanger, Mirage Seat, Rope Ladder & 2 Pendulum Seats:

Mega Swing:

3 Tower Unit:

In addition to the above replacement and additional equipment, there will be improvements to the surfacing to improve safety and hard wearing, so the equipment will be more usable in the winter.

It is expected that work on site will begin on 12th July and be completed by 9th August (hopefully sooner).  We were hoping it would be done and dusted well before that, but shortages of materials has delayed deliveries of the play equipment.

Please note that, due to the dangerous nature of the works required, the playground will unfortunately be CLOSED during this period – it will be well worth waiting for!
Look out for the GRAND opening event.