Opinions sought after announcement of ‘disproportionate and unsustainable’ plans
The Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum is seeking feedback from residents as they try to assess opinion and formulate their response to Solihull Borough Council’s controversial Draft Local Plan.
They are particularly objecting to the council’s proposal to build more than 1,400 houses in Knowle, branding the move “disproportionate and unsustainable” and “inconsistent with the spatial strategy which itself is inconsistent with other council strategies and Draft Local Plan policies”.
While not wishing to challenge the need for new allocations of land to accommodate new homes, the Neighbourhood Forum has underlined its concern about the loss of Green Belt and questions whether the area has the capacity to accommodate such scale of development.
So, the KDBH has waded through a raft of documentation to simplify and assemble the key points, creating four short videos as an easier way for residents to understand what the proposals mean for the community.
They can be viewed at Analysis and Feedback | kdbh (kdbh-np.org)
The first clip provides background and context when considering a response; the second presents an overview of the proposals and how they relate with the KDBH Neighbourhood Plan, highlighting common themes and potential conflicts; the third focuses on the plans for the two sites earmarked for development, considering the pros and cons; while the crucial fourth tackles the key point of whether the plans are ‘sound’.
They then would like residents to take part in a survey, which can be viewed at Solihull Council Draft Local Plan – Resident Survey (office.com)
The Forum’s website points out: “Your Forum team has responded to the previous stages of consultation, taking account of residents’ feedback. Throughout, the main thrust, reflecting resident concerns, has been to object to the scale of housing and to reduce numbers.
“Your comments are now more important than ever so that we understand community views on the final proposals, thereby helping to shape responses (representations) to the Council.
“This last consultation restricts representations solely to whether the Council’s proposals are 1: legally compliant, and 2: ‘sound’. Our primary focus to date has been on the latter”.
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