Neighbourhood Development Plan


NDP Latest Position

  • Solihull MBC Cabinet Members on 19 April 2017 resolved to withdraw the joint Neighbourhood Area designation for Balsall and Berkswell. Consequently, the area is no longer the subject of a joint Neighbourhood Area designation.

  • On 15th December 2016, Balsall Parish Council gave two months notice to terminate the agreement for a joint Neighbourhood Development Plan covering Berkswell and Balsall parishes. This notice expired on 14th February 2017. No reasons were given to Berkswell for this decision and no record of reasons is given in the Balsall PC minutes of 14th December 2016 when the decision was made. Regrettably, the joint NDP is at an end. Berkswell PC is very disappointed by the decision and believes that it is not in the best interest of the community served Berkswell and Balsall Parish Councils.

  • Consequently, Berkswell Parish Council at its meeting on 17th February 2017, resolved, subject to certain mainly legal checks, to commence work to establish a separate NDP for Berkswell Parish. The creation of an NDP is a process fundamentally about planning the development of land within Berkswell Parish. Many issues, for example sports facilities, community halls & schools could well be cross Parish issues. Berkswell Council resolved to establish a broad based approach involving consultation with all people, groups and organisations that might be impacted by the creation of a Berkswell NDP whichever Parish they are based within. Berkswell PC will also consult with Balsall PC on cross boundary issues.

NDP Meeting - 10 January 2017

  • A note of the NDP meeting held on 10 January can be seen here here

Balsall and Berkswell Neighbourhood Area Steering Committee Meeting 13 December 2016.

  • The agenda can be found here

Balsall and Berkswell Neighbourhood Area Steering Committee Meeting Dates

  • A schedule of planned meetings of the Balsall and Berkswell Neighbourhood Area NDP Steering Committee can be found here

Designation of the Balsall and Berkswell Neighbourhood Area

  • Solihull MBC Cabinet Members on 19 April 2017 resolved to withdraw the joint Neighbourhood Area designation for Balsall and Berkswell. Consequently, the area is no longer the subject of a joint Neighbourhood Area designation.

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) ?

An NDP is a way for a local community to create structured plans for development in their area. It cannot stop development approved in the Solihull Plan but it can cover some very local issues and it becomes part of the planning framework for our area. NDPs in other areas have considered such issues as the provision of small numbers of affordable homes in rural villages, an overall plan for local shopping, parking provision and the design of new buildings.

Who is doing our NDP and what will happen.

Berkswell and Balsall Parish Councils have agreed to develop a joint plan because Balsall Common straddles the Parish boundary. We have established a joint committee including community representatives and applied to Solihull Council for formal approval for this joint Parish approach. SMBC are conducting a legally required consultation which will end on 5th January 2016.

The Councils have agreed the purpose of the plan is to meet 6 objectives

  1. Identify and plan for
    – specific local housing needs not defined in the Solihull Plan
    – non housing local development needs not defined in the Solihull Plan
  2. Help SMBC plan for meeting our share of Borough wide housing needs
    – ensure maximum use of brown field/PDL sites to protect the greenbelt using local knowledge and achieve a Government planning objective.
    – The Community identifies the priority order for where development on green field sites could take place using objective criteria
  3. Maintain the vibrancy of Balsall Common Centre
  4. Maintain a thriving & sustainable community in Berkswell village
  5. Set design, nature and scale parameters for future developments
  6. Provide objectives for the use of the Community infrastructure levy to meet the needs for community infrastructure

Solihull (Housing) Plan review

Solihull Council announced on 30th November 2015 that they would need to find space for 4000+ more houses to the year 2033 than provided for in their existing Solihull Plan. Consultation on 7 general options for where this additional housing might go has opened with a closure date of 22nd January 2016. Some of this additional housing could come to Balsall Common. Both Parish Councils will be seeking to influence where any additional housing will be planned in our area. Link to the SMBC consultation by entering the following in your web browser http://www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr

A copy of the Parish Council's response to Solihull's Local Plan consultation document can be found here

Consultation on our Neighbourhood Plan

A whole series of consultations will take place over the coming months to gauge opinion of residents, businesses and landowners concerning local issues not covered in the Solihull Plan. This could be in many forms. We had input from hundreds of people at the Balsall Common Festival in September and will shortly include a short general questionnaire in Berkswell village and separately in Fen End/Meer End/Temple Balsall to get a feel for things to be looked at in detail. A copy of the 2015 survey results can be found here Village Survey Results


Report on Site Exhibition

On 20th August 2016 the NDP Committee hosted an exhibition of possible developments in the Balsall Common area. Residents attending were asked to complete a short questionnaire and the results are summarised in the following report Site Exhibition Report

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