Category Archives: Tidbury Green
An interesting planning application came before the planning committee on 9 October 2013. I was substituting at the meeting for another councillor but was aware I was likely to remain on the committee for the remained of the municipal year. However, the week before the meeting I had submitted a representation to the committee objecting to an application to build a house on greenbelt land in Houndsfield Road, Tidbury Green. Because I had pre-determined my view I could not vote on the application but did address the committee accordingly.
The relevant planning application is number 2013/1396 and it sought to erect a dormer bungalow and garage on green belt land opposite to number 26 Houndsfield Lane. The report by the borough’s planning officers can be viewed via this link: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mginternet/Data/Planning%20Committee/201310091630/Agenda/$Report%20by%20Head%20of%20Development%20Management%20(80K%20bytes)%20-%20att39932.doc.pdf . Officers recommended the application be refused and because of the dangers in allowing housing development on green belt land I sought to support the view of the officers. I was also extremely concerned that to allow one property to be developed on a green field site might serve to be a precedent and that the remaining land in Houndsfield Lane might also be subject of planning applications. The site plan can be viewed here: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mginternet/Data/Planning%20Committee/201310091630/Agenda/proposed_site_plan%20(325K%20bytes)%20-%20att39933.pdf We must also be concerned that the Local development Plan, which was adopted only last week, was still awaiting acceptance from the planning inspectorate and if there were delays in getting it ratified, examples of the local authority actually agreeing to build on green belt land not in the LDP might prove to be damaging to the local plan.
This application was not destined to go before the planning committee but the developer contacted all three ward councillors asking for us to support a call for it to be addressed by the committee. This allows for developers to address the committee itself, whereas this would normally be dealt with under delegated powers (by the Head of Planning and Chair of the Committee). I refused to have the matter brought before the committee but one ward councillor did agree. The councillor, as is her right, actually supported the development on this green belt land and sought to criticise Tidbury Green parish council for not objecting to a proposed traveller/gypsy site in Dickens Heath Road. It was shame this was done (see bullet point 4 in ‘representations’) because the traveller site is in Dickens Heath parish and not Tidbury Green.
I urged the planning committee to refuse the application citing that any development on green fields in the countryside must have an holistic approach and must not be piecemeal, one plot at a time. This is why the Local Development is so important to the borough – it will help us fight totally inappropriate development. The officers reasons for recommended the planning application be refused are compelling and can be read on the final page of the officers report.
Many residents of Tidbury Green will have received notification of the formal planning application by Lioncourt Homes, who wish to build up to 190 dwellings on this land. The farm is designated under the borough’s draft Local Development Plan (LDP) to be returned to the green belt. It is hoped the planning inspector will be signing off the LDP in a matter of weeks, but in the meantime Blythe ward is subjected to several planning applications.
Readers can access the application via the councils website via this link (search for application 2013/1705): http://www.solihull.gov.uk/planning/dc/viewapp.asp . However, for ease I have posted some of the documents here: 1705_arboricultural_survey_report 1705_design_and_access_statement_part_1 1705_design_and_access_statement_part_2 1705_design_and_access_statement_part_3 1705_planning_statement 1705_public_consultation_statement
A few sundays ago I joined Peter Seddon, Chair of Tidbury Green Parish Council and we went on a tour of Tidbury Green to judge the inaugural scarecrow competition. Peter had the easy task of photographing the exhibits whilst I was sole judge and jury.
There were 17 entries in all and the standard was superb: I shall post photographs.
I will not state here who i judged as winners, prizes will be awarded at an event at the village hall on Saturday 19 October. Unfortunately i can not attend that as I will be presenting a cheque from the Mayors Charity Fund to Olton Mere.
I have posted a planning application to build a dormer bungalow on greenbelt land in Houndsfield lane, Tidbury Green Planning Application Houndsfield Lane . The report by the councils planning officer recommended the members of the planning committee refuse the application, mainly because it the site is greenbelt land. I submitted my representation, supporting the officers recommendations and this is here: Re Houndsfield Lane
I was particularly concerned that IF this application was successful then other greenbelt sites in the area could be subject to individual applications to build houses. I made a verbal representation at the planning committee meeting and stressed it is essential that IF any development is undertaken in Houndsfield Lane, or any other are in Tidbury Green then it has to be done in strategic manner and not piecemeal. Thankfully most members of the planning committee agreed and the application was refused.
The unusual aspect of this story is that, at short notice, I was asked to substitute at the meeting for Cllr Jeff Potts, who was unable to attend. Because I had already submitted my representation this meant I had to leave my seat and speak at the place designated for guest speakers. I was also not allowed to remain in the room whilst members discussed and voted on the issue.
The latest report covering the whole of the Meriden (rural) side of Solihull is posted here Newsletter October 2013 . As usual, some excellent work being done in partnership both in Blythe ward and Solihull in general. I also realise I did not post Septembers report, her it is: Newsletter September 2013
Please find posted the latest monthly Neighbourhood Report covering the rural side of Solihull; this includes my ward, Blythe. You will find details of operations and projects between the council officers and police neighbourhood teams, with some excellent work being undertaken. Newsletter September 2013
Also shown on the newsletter are details of Police Beat surgeries. For Blythe ward these will be:
19 September – 3.30 x 4.30pm at Dickens Heath Library
9 October – 11am x 1pm Cuppa with a Copper at Notcutts
21 October – 6 x 7pm at Tesco’s Store.
The boroughs Local Development Plan is commented on in an earlier post on this website, but for new readers the draft plan can be seen here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Attachments/Solihull_Draft_Local_Plan_Sept_2012.pdf
The Planning Inspector, who by law has to review the plan before it can be adopted by the Secretary of State reported his Interim Comments last month and his report can be viewed here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Attachments/Interim_Conclusions.pdf
I am ever the optimist and believe the comments reflect well on the boroughs plan, which hopefully will lead it to be adopted soon. The council has submitted modifications to the plan in respect of these interim conclusions: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Attachments/Main_Modifications_document_FINAL_12_July_2013(2).pdf (I have had trouble downloading this – but the report can be read on the council website).
Please find posted the latest report from the Borough’s Neighbourhood Team covering Blythe Ward. You will also read about what is happening other parts of the rural sector, e.g. Knowle, Dorridge, Meriden. Newsletter July 2013
Most residents of Tidbury Green will have received a leaflet from agents acting for developers, who propose to build 185 homes on ‘Land off Fulford hall Road’, otherwise known as Tidbury Green Farm.
For those who have not received the leaflet I have downloaded a copy here: Tidbury Green Final Consultation Leaflet (LR)
In addition to the newsletter, are undertaking the following activity:
- Holding a public exhibition on 4 June (from 3.30pm to 7.30pm) at Earlswood Methodist Church, so it is convenient for people picking up their children from school or on the way home from work/early evening
- Advertising the exhibition in the Solihull News and sending a press release to the local media
- Setting up a project website – to go live at the end of this week (to include a downloadable copy of the newsletter). Copies of the exhibition boards will be available to download from 5 June
- Encouraging participation in the consultation by providing email, freepost and freephone for responses
I have already expressed my opposition to more development in Blythe Ward, which has its local housing needs identified with over 800 homes planned for in the Local Development Plan (LDP). However, I would value your views, either by telephone, email or you can make comments on this post.