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If you love living or working in Knowle, Dorridge or Bentley Heath (KDBH), and care about the future of our villages, then you've come to the right place! ​ This site is dedicated to all things KDBH.

Our website is having a refurb to keep up with the changing role of the Forum!  Please bear with us.... 

A change in planning law gives local communities - that's YOU - new powers to determine how THEY want to see their Area develop.   

Don't Forget

Christmas Lights Switch-on

Dorridge Mon 25th November

Starts at 5pm, Lights switch-on at 6pm

Knowle Wed 27th November

Starts at 4pm, continues with

late night shopping up to 9pm

The information on bids for community funding discussed at October's meeting can still be found Here

solihull civic honours award for KDBH Neighbourhood forum


We are honoured and hugely proud to have been awarded a Group Community Involvement Award

in the Solihull Civic Honours 2019.  


Yes, the Plan was a lot of hard work. More importantly, though, the award recognises that the Plan's success stems from the high level of involvement and active contribution made from individuals and groups across our whole community. We can always rely on KDBH-ians to be both forthcoming and forthright in expressing their views!  


So in fact we collected the award on behalf of our KDBH Neighbourhood and it's something we can all feel part of.  

A heartfelt 'thank you' and 'well done' to you all from the KDBH Forum team!

The Award was presented by the Mayor and our sponsor Spencer Parkes from Specsavers

at the Civic Suite in the Council House, Solihull on Monday October 14, 2019


September 25, 2019

Forum Responds to SMBC Consultations

1. Draft Local Validation Criteria - Consultation Document July 2019

Our response reflects the Forum’s experience in preparing the NP and specifically highlights relevant content of Policies included in the NP that now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the Borough.


2. Reviewing the Plan for Solihull’s Future, Solihull Local Plan Review.

Statement of Community Involvement - Draft July 2019

September 25, 2019

Forum Responds to Planning Applications

Since official adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan on 11 April 2019, Solihull Council has been sending us a copy of all new Planning Applications relating to KDBH.  As discussed at the Forum meeting on 17 September, the Forum team works in close liaison with the Knowle Society and DDRA planning teams in reviewing these, with our focus being only on the more significant applications or those with wider policy implications.  Note that all planning teams are using the Neighbourhood Plan and its evidence base as the basis for responses. 


You can read the Forum's responses (3 so far) by clicking on the link below.   ​

June 19, 2019

Solihull East Locality Plan 2019 - 2022

In June 2019, members of the Forum team had a very useful meeting with Kath Hemmings from Solihull Council Neighbourhoods Team.  We were keen to explore potential areas of cross-over between the Council's 'East Locality' Neighbourhoods Plan (that includes Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath) and the Community Actions flagged up by residents and documented in Appendix 4 of the Neighbourhood Plan.

From a very positive meeting, a number of shared areas of interest / concern were indeed identified, which we will be following up on over the coming months.  Click on the links below to read both documents and see what you think! 

July 19, 2019

Summary of SMBC Local Plan Consultation Jan-Mar 2019

Solihull Council's report sets out a comprehensive summary of the representations received to the Draft Local Plan Supplementary Consultation carried out from 25th January 2019 to 15th March 2019. 


Section 3 includes some interesting summary tables / graphics.  See pages 77 - 90 for representations specifically relating to Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath.

April 10, 2019

Our KDBH Neighbourhood Plan is adopted by SMBC!

Hurrah, final confirmation! 

The Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Development Plan now forms part of the statutory Development Plan for the Borough and will be used by the Local Planning Authority to help determine planning applications in the Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Area. 

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