Solihull Council housing plan approved by inspectors - The Solihull Observer

Solihull Council housing plan approved by inspectors

HOUSING inspectors in Solihull have agreed that the councils identified housing requirements meet the ongoing needs of the borough.

It means the Council has passed the planning test known as the ‘Duty to Cooperate’ with neighbouring Councils.

The Inspector then focuses on some key areas that require further work and assessment.

One of these is the housing capacity proposed at the NEC that the Council can rely on to be delivered during the Plan period.

Whilst the principle of the development is supported, the Inspectors have indicated the capacity should be reduced to 500 homes for the Plan purposes.

The second issue relates to the Knowle Triangle site (KN2). The Inspectors have agreed the site is an appropriate allocation, but that it should not be dependent on a new Arden Academy.

Any main modifications to the Plan will be reviewed by Members and will be subject to public consultation giving everyone the opportunity to comment on any changes to the plan.

Councillor Andy Mackiewicz, cabinet member for housing said: “Whilst we are very pleased that one of the key issues for the Plan (the housing requirement) has been settled, we are very disappointed that the Inspectors haven’t supported the delivery envisaged at the NEC, or the need to facilitate the regeneration of Arden Academy.

“We recognise it remains vitally important that we progress towards a sound Local Plan, however, it is of equal importance that Plan is sustainable and deliverable for the Borough. We will therefore be working with the Inspectors to better understand the reasoning behind their current conclusions before setting out how we intend to address them”.

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