I am naturally disappointed that first Tidbury Green Farm and now Lowbrook Farm has been lost to developers (Gallagher’s) on appeal. There is a lot of history, with both sites being for many years designated as ‘safeguarded’ for possible development. This, I feel, determined the outcomes in the appeals because in the judicial review of the councils’ Local Development Plan (LDP) the judge referred to the planning inspector agreeing the farms should be returned to the green belt when only a few years previously the same inspector allowed them to remain as safeguarded for development. The same decision was upheld at the Court of Appeal. You may wish to read some previous posts relating to this issue, which I have linked here: https://cllrkenhawkins.co.uk/2014/05/05/judicial-review-of-solihull-ldp/
Gallagher’s have been successful in their appeal and the decision of the Planning Inspector and Secretary of State is posted here: 16-03-08 DL+IR Lowbrook Farm Solihull 2192128 (1) a letter explaining the partial awarding of costs to Gallagher’s is shown here: 15-12-03 CR Lowbrook Farm Solihull 2192128
I fully appreciate anger in the community but feel that the sites had been designated as safeguarded for development for so many years was fatal in the long run. Solihull Council wished the two sites to return to the green belt and this was supported by the planning inspector when the LDP was adopted. However, developers saw fit to use planning law to defeat the wishes of the council and the local people. This is not the first time it has occurred and I have no doubt it will not be the last.