You will know that the Council has been preparing a new ‘Local Development Plan’ for some time.  It is now in the early stages of public hearings by the Planning Inspectorate’s appointed Inspector.

All persons who might be affected by the Plan, as well as local organisations, were entitled to submit comments on the plan and to make suggestions for modifications during the recent public consultation period.  The Society, through its Planning Committee, has spent considerable time reviewing before submitting our objections to the Plan.  It has been cooperating with the Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum, which is a statutory body and has the benefit of its Neighbourhood Plan.  Working together, it has become clear that the Society and the Forum have the same concerns about the impact of the Plan on Knowle and about the effectiveness of the Plan now adopted by the Council as Policy.
Consideration has been given to the best way of putting our points across to the Inspection to achieve the best outcome.  The Society has decided that this would be for the Forum to present all the points, while recording that the Society is in complete agreement with them and has given its full support to the Forum.  We will therefore not be making an individual submission.

More details of the progress of the Inspection can be found