I have just returned from a briefing about the local development plan. In attendance (doing the briefing) were Anne Brereton (Head of Places Directorate SMBC), Rachael Batts (Spatial Development), Gary Palmer (Head of Planning) and Cllr Ian Courts (Cabinet Member for responsibility of Economic Development and Land). In addition to me were Cllr Richard Holt, … More LDP – SMBC Position statement
So the casual reader can get an idea about the issue I have created another video, this one when walking my dog (Millie) around the area concerned. I reiterate again, this is not about saying ‘No’ to any commercial development, it is about balance and location. Whatever happens when the planning application goes before the … More More on Hillfield Local Nature Reserve
As you will read from the previous posts (4th and 6th June) , the history of the site shows land was designated for commercial/business use from 1979. At yesterday evenings planning committee members deferred a decisions on the application for a change of use, from (essentially) warehouse and distribution, to allow industrial use. I have created … More Solihull Business Park, Monkspath Hall Rd/Highlands Rd
Thornton Road, Frankholmes Drive and part of Monkspath Hall Road were subject to a bit of patching of the road surface yesterday. This was undertaken by Ringway, the former highways maintenance partners of SMBC. They had resurfaced Frankholmes Drive and Thornton Road just over 18 months ago (on a wet and cold November day) and … More Monkspath Hall Rd at Thornton Road – Road resurfacing?
I was walking along the brook, running from the lake towards Highlands Road the other day. I had noticed a reduced flow of water and came across some sort of dam. I think this is ‘man made’ and not the result of otters, especially as some metal fencing (as used by the developers on the … More Hillfield Local Nature Reserve, Monkspath
Readers of the last post will see I mentioned that elephants once roamed the park at Monkspath, known officially as Hillfield Local Nature Reserve. Well, elephants were once seen on the reserve; they were part of Billy Smarts Circus and arrived before the main outfit on a very sunny day. The local fire brigade … More Elephants on Monkspath Park
Application No. 2014/667 relates to an application to vary conditions, to allow the owners of the premises to conduct industrial use on the site, specifically to allow b2 (general industrial) and b8 (storage and distribution) on plot 3. The full application and associated documents can be found via the council’s planning portal via this link: … More Planning Application – Solihull Business Park