22nd Oct, 2016

Garden City consultation begins

Solihull Editorial 12th Nov, 2014 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

COUNCIL leader Bob Sleigh is calling on Silhillians to have their say on what they want to see around the proposed HS2 interchange station.

Plans to develop the area were brought to light and approved by Councillors earlier this year and now they are asking the public to help them develop a local area plan for the site.

This new local plan is to be developed over the next two years and it will explore the economic potential for the area in the build-up to the construction and operation of HS2.

Early proposals indicate there could be 2,000 homes to be built welcoming a potential 5,000 new residents to the borough in one of the four zones that include the high speed rail line station.

Other zones will be used for light industry and research and development centres providing as many as 20,000 jobs.

It is in line with HS2 Growth Task Force’s recommendations on maximising the growth opportunities HS2 presents.

The Interchange Station is set to be developed to the east of the NEC and could unlock an opportunity to create new jobs and growth to meet local needs in an environment that is both sustainable and attractive.

To achieve this vision the Council has to put in place a local area plan for the HS2 Interchange station and adjoining area.

Coun Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Council, said this is an opportunity to shape the area around the station and to ensure it is more than a huge park and ride.

He added: “This local area plan is aimed at giving the Council a planning framework for any future developments of the interchange station and adjoining area.

“We want people to comment to give us an understanding of what you think is possible or acceptable in this area.

“It is important you have your say now as we begin the creation of planning policy to guide future development.”

Options for the area will be prepared and future consultations undertaken in the New Year.

The consultation can be found by visiting www.solihull.gov.uk/LAPConsultation