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Member Alert-New Planning Application
Proposal for New Vodafone Mast
on Local Green Space off Conker Lane, Dorridge

24 July 2020


Today we sent out an extra-ordinary email because we believe it is important to alert members/residents specifically to this planning proposal and the Forum's response to it.   

Assessing this application has been particularly challenging in that it raises competing Neighbourhood Plan perspectives relating to Local Green Space v. Communications Infrastructure. It has  been subject to much Steering Committee debate given the nature of both the benefits and issues raised.

As for all new planning applications, we are required to respond within 3 weeks (frustratingly insufficient time to seek resident views), and the deadline for this one is 3 August 2020.  We have therefore done all we can to speed our work on the response so as to make it available in good time to allow residents, should they wish, to also make their views known directly to the Council. 

Should you wish to send your own comments to the Council, please email for the attention of Benn Watkinson, Case Officer.


July 12, 2020

New Planning Application Response - 1806 Warwick Road, Knowle (Lansdowne House)

KDBH Forum response to Prior Notification Application Number PL/2020/01360/PN

July 08, 2020

Kdbh Forum response to Planning Application PL2020 01274 PPFL - 2 and 3 Bushwood Drive, Dorridge

Demolition of existing dwelling, erection of 3 detached dwellings and one detached garage

May 20, 2020

New Planning Application Response - 65 Knowle Wood Road

KDBH Forum Response to Planning Application PL/2020/00411/PPFL: Demolition of existing dwelling, ancillary dwelling, garages and erection of 7 No. apartments and associated parking

June 01, 2020

VF13274 Vodafone Installation, Pre-Application Consultation Responses

2 June 2020: Supplementary response.

28 April 2020: The Forum's response to a pre-application proposal it has received directly from Vodafone to install a new 5G base station at land off Conker Lane, off Manor Road, Dorridge, B93 8SN, set in the context of KDBH Neighbourhood Plan policies.

May 27, 2020

New Planning Application Responses - 25 Station Road

We have been notified that this will be discussed at July's Council Planning Committee

1 June 2020: SMBC email correspondence

28 May 2020: Supplementary response

18 March 2020: KDBH Forum Response to Planning Application PL/2020/00411/PPFL:  Demolition of the existing car sales showroom and associated buildings and the erection of nine terraced residential dwellings with associated parking and landscaping.  

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