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29th Nov, 2021

Solihull's local plan under examination by inspectors

Sarah Mason 28th Sep, 2021 Updated: 28th Sep, 2021

A PUBLIC examination of Solihull’s local plan is underway.

The Council’s blueprint for future development of the borough are being looked over with a fine tooth comb by independent planning inspectors Kevin Ward and K. Ford.

Until December 9 residents and businesses who have been invited to the Council Camber will also have the chance to speak with the inspector’s about the plan.

Due to Covid restrictions only a limited number of participants, determined by the Inspectors, will be allowed to attend.

Only those who made written representations to the Regulation 19 consultation – that took place from October to December 2020 – will be able to participate in the hearings.

The Examination in Public will be online for all to view.

Coun cabinet member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing, said: “After more than five years spent reviewing, consulting and listening, alongside officers digesting over 3,000 representations from members of the public and businesses, we now come to the point where the Plan we have produced is to undergo Examination in Public.

“We are confident we have a sound and legal Plan.

“A Plan that will also support our net zero and biodiversity ambitions, helping us to improve the environment, prepare us for a more sustainable future, whilst meeting our obligations to provide homes for people over the next decade.

“This plan is vital for the future development of the borough.

“Providing the land to both create the jobs and homes our people want, without losing the character of the borough that we all cherish, has inevitably been controversial and it has unleashed a passionate debate over the past years.

“But we have listened and tried to accommodate all views where ever possible, while still producing a plan that is sound and legal.

“It is now up to planning inspectors to determine if we have achieved our goal.”

To view the webcast visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7DDSVoAIgTnwgp0Ku8iFLQ

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