26 September 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
26 September 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.
4 September 2019
Forum Meeting on 17 September at Arden Academy.
As the new school year starts, we wish all those heading back to school this week ‘Good luck and all the best for the year ahead’ - especially those starting a new school.
After the long summer break, September always feels like time for a fresh start, full of new hopes and plans for what we’d like to achieve in the year ahead.
This is certainly the case for the Neighbourhood Forum. Yes, we are still here! 🙂 although things have certainly gone a bit quiet since the Referendum, so some of you may have been wondering if the Forum still exists!
The sheer intensity of activities leading up to the Referendum left the team leading the work feeling pretty exhausted and in need of a good break. Also, with the Neighbourhood Plan completed and now adopted by the Council, we needed to give some careful thought to the role of the Forum going forward and how this sits alongside the work of our two Resident Associations.
So there’s actually been lots going on in background over the last few months and we have some important developments to update you on at our September meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about:
Funding now available - and increased because we now have a Neighbourhood Plan - that we as a community get to choose how to spend and that local groups in KDBH can bid for;
The latest on Council proposals to develop 950+ houses in our Area. We will brief you on the relevant KDBH sections of the Council's 'Summary of Representations' report following their Local Plan consultation earlier this year; as well as findings from an initial landscape assessment, commissioned independently by the Forum, on the two new potential (‘Amber’) sites at Golden End and Blue Lake Road;
How since the Referendum the Forum has been working with our Resident Associations to apply the Neighbourhood Plan in making representations on new Planning Applications submitted to the Council for our Area;
Our plans for Forum activities and priorities going forward.
A full agenda that will no doubt stimulate some interesting discussion! We very much look forward to seeing many of you again at 7pm on 17 September in the Main Hall at Arden Academy.
20 July 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.
20 June 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!
just when you think it's ALL OVER....
After all the excitement of the Referendum, and the fantastic level of community support for the Neighbourhood Plan (NP), we are delighted to report that the NP has been formally ‘made’ (or adopted) by the Council. That means it is now part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for our Neighbourhood Area and the Council must take account of its policies when determining all applications for new development in KDBH. It doesn’t mean that all decisions will necessarily go the way we want, but our policies will give us a much stronger voice.
So, what happens now? Well, after taking a short breather, the Forum Steering Committee has been turning its thoughts to what we need to do next to follow up on the NP, and how best to operate given the changing focus and priorities going forward. Considerations include:
Funding: now we have an NP, we are no longer eligible for grant funding, so we need to look at other options just to cover basic running costs, eg. website, company insurance etc (all time is given free by volunteers)
On-going monitoring of how NP policies are being applied and new planning applications: we have a statutory duty to monitor the NP so as to test its effectiveness and understand what the polices mean in practice. This includes looking at applications for new development in our Area, which have already started to come through
Community Actions: liaison with community groups to identify ways of taking forward some of the issues raised during NP community consultation, but outside the remit of the NP (full list in Appendix 4 of the NP)
Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL): With the NP in place, as a community we now have the right to decide how 25% of CIL monies, levied by the Council on some new developments, should be used. We need to tell the Council what our priorities are, and so need your help to identify suitable projects
Solihull Local Plan Review and crowdfunding appeal: At our last Forum meeting, you asked us to look at raising funds from the community to commission further technical studies in readiness for the Council's next stage formal Local Plan consultation, including the two new 'Amber' sites identified as potential alternative or additional areas for new development. This would build on our successful previous appeal to raise funds for the Hampton Road and Arden Triangle Landscape Assessments - see below.
More details soon via our Newsletter (sent to all members).
We expect to hold our next Open Forum meeting in July and look forward to seeing you again then!
20 April 2019
Bungalow scheme in Solihull's Green Belt thrown out
Press Cutting: Development approval was later quashed by the High Court, where a judge found that the council had failed to take into account harm to the Green Belt.
My Knowle & Dorridge, April/May 2019
11 April 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.
5 February 2019
Garden grabbing development quashed by High Court
Press Cutting: Campaigners go to High Court to challenge Solihull Council's decision to grant planning permission for development on Alderbrook Road that would see one dwelling demolished and five four-plus-bedroom houses built onto the back garden.
A judicial review found that Policy P5 of the (Solihull's) Local Plan was incorrectly interpreted.
Policy P5 looks at protecting and enhancing the character and distinctiveness of different areas, and protecting the environmental quality and attractiveness of the mature suburbs – established housing areas in the Borough.
Solihull Observer, 5th February 2019
28 January 2019
Landscape Assessment Studies
You may recall back in 2017 Forum Members asked us to run a crowdfunding campaign to see if local people would be willing to contribute the monies necessary to commission an independent Landscape Study of the sites SMBC arroposing for new housing development in KDBH.
Well, our community rose to the challenge (no surprise there!). Sufficient funds were generated for the Forum to commission a study for both sites, with the aim of providing an independent (not Council led) view on development of these two large Green Belt spaces. The reports will be an important element of our 'Evidence Base' in responding to SMBC's on-going consultations; and also in liaising with the Council / Developers (on a without prejudice basis) regarding development of site Masterplans.
Both reports are now in final draft and can be read by clicking below. THANK YOU to all those involved in enabling and supporting this important work.
28 January 2019
Solihull Council Draft Local Plan Consultation: More Development in KDBH?
Solihull Council has just started a supplementary consultation on their Draft Local Plan (DLP) which will run until Friday 15 March, 2019. This covers the whole of the Borough, and full details can be found on Solihull Council's website at
The Local Plan (created by Solihull Council) is completely separate to the Neighbourhood Plan (created by residents and business in KDBH specifically relating to future development in our three villages).
However, KDBH will be affected significantly by the DLP proposals. So, to make things easier, the Forum Team has extracted and summarised information relating to KDBH. This was discussed at January's Forum Meeting and our presentation can be read below.
10 October, 2018
October Forum Newsletter
Next Forum meeting and the latest on Plan development.
21 September, 2018
Independent Examiner's (IE's) Report
The IE's Report has now been concluded. We are pleased to say that it recommends that our Neighbourhood Plan should, subject to recommended modifications, proceed to a Referendum of all residents in the KDBH Neighbourhood Area.
The Forum team has discussed the report with SMBC. Also, at our last Open Forum meeting on 19 Sept, we stepped through the recommended changes in detail and explained what they would mean for our Neighbourhood Plan.
SMBC must now consider what actions to take in response to the recommended modifications and expects to publish its response shortly. Once this key stage is completed and confirmed, we will update the KDBH website with more details.
Click on the link below to read the report.
15 July, 2018
Village Centre Retail Maps
The Independent Examiner has requested village centre retail maps for Dorridge and Bentley Heath in relation to our Draft Plan Policy E1 Retention of Shops and Services. Thanks to SMBC for their help in creating these. They were sent to the Examiner on 15 August 2018 and can be seen by clicking below.
16 July, 2018
KDBH Forum Note to Independent Examiner
Following up on our 12 July note below, click on the button to see the KDBH Neighbourhood Forum's response to the Independent Examiner.
Independent Examination of our Neighbourhood Plan has started!
Today we received formal confirmation that the Independent Examination is underway. SMBC has forwarded an email from the Examiner with the attached note in which he outlines some initial questions for the Council. Since the Examiner's role is to consider independently both the Council's and the Forum's perspectives (in the context of planning law), we will also be responding to the questions where appropriate and will add this to the website shortly.
The Examiner's initial (without prejudice) view is that it seems unlikely that a public hearing will be necessary, with an indicative timeline to complete the examination of around the second week in August.
Watch this space!
Our Next Forum Meeting Is
7pm, 19 SEPT 2018, Arden Academy
We hope to be able to update you on the Independent Examiner's report -
and what this means for our Draft Neighbourhood Plan
AND, FINALLY THE TIME HAS COME!
Set out the timescale and campaign leading up to Plan Referendum
Our Next Forum Meeting
7pm, 18 July 2018 Arden Academy
A opportunity for us to update you on the latest SMBC consultation and status on Independent Examination of our Neighbourhood Plan.
We will also be seeking your active input to plans we are already starting to shape:
1) To get the best possible result from the Referendum
2) Thinking about 'Life after Plan Development' : the role of, and priorities for, the Forum in ensuring effective implementation of our Neighbourhood Plan; and if/how we as a community take forward non-planning related Community Actions
Final stage consultation launched by SMBC
4 May 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
As advised in our May Newsletter to Members, we are pleased to confirm that SMBC has now launched their consultation on our updated Draft KDBH Neighbourhood Plan. This time around, it is the Council (not us) who is responsible for publicising the consultation and for managing feedback. They have provided the details below for anyone wishing to make further comments on the Draft Plan:
Consultation on the Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan for KDBH will run for a period of 6 weeks from Friday 4 May 2018 until Friday 15 June 2018 before progressing to independent Examination.
Representations on the KDBH Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan should be submitted to Solihull Council by email to email@example.com. Any representation may include a request to be notified of the local planning authority’s decision with regard to formally ‘making’ the plan.
For further information about the consultation and the full list of supporting documents please visit our Neighbourhood Planning page.
The Submission draft Neighbourhood Plan is accompanied by the following documents: Submission Documents
20 March 2018
Next Stage Consultation launch delayed
Two days after receiving the documentation we needed from Solihull Council (SMBC), we were ready by mid March to proceed to the next stage of consultation. The difference this time, though, is that this stage is run by SMBC. Despite strong representations from the Forum, SMBC concluded that their current procedures, plus a period of 'purdah' when consultations stop in the run up to the local elections, means they need to push back the start until after 3 May. SMBC do acknowledge the frustration and disappointment that this means for Forum members after everything done to drive the Plan forward as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, you can click on the links to access all the latest documentation, including both the summary and detail feedback from the Nov 17 - Jan 18 consultation, as discussed at March's Forum meeting.
27 February 2018
We're still here!
Over the last few weeks we've been battling the really nasty flu virus that's been doing the rounds in our community. This has affected, in particular, those in the team who lead our Member communications - so apologies for the apparent radio silence.
Everyone is on the road to recovery, so we're picking up again now. Click below for the latest newsletter with a summary update on what's been happening....
24 October 2017
Give your input to the Draft Policies
As part of this consultation process, we’ve set 25 November as the date for our next major Open Event - a drop in Exhibition to showcase the policies and enable everyone to feedback their views prior to us formally submitting the Plan to SMBC in January 2018.
As always for these big events, we’re putting a huge amount of effort into publicity to make sure that as many people as possible know about it and don’t miss the opportunity to contribute at this key stage in Plan development. Watch out for publicity in local publications and village centres. Also, keep an eye out for our leaflet, which will be distributed to every household in the Area either via the DDRA newsletter or the Look Local magazine.
24 October 2017
Thanks to Solihull Council Planning Team
Our thanks go to Solihull Council for having now provided us with all their feedback on the content of our draft Neighbourhood Plan ahead of time - enabling us to complete the document in readiness for us to kick of pre-submission consultation in early November (for six weeks).
24 October 2017
Engaging Our Local Councillors
Over the last 2-3 weeks, we’ve been busy briefing our local Councillors on key points emerging from the draft Neighbourhood Plan and what these mean for future development in the Area. So far we’ve met with Councillors Rebeiro, Mackiewicz, Courts and Meeson who have all been positive and supportive of the direction of the Neighbourhood Plan and what it is achieving - Cllr Rebeiro is including a piece on the Neighbourhood Plan in the Knowle Conservative newsletter that’s about to go out.
Unfortunately, we’ve not yet been able to fix a time with Councillors Holl Allen and Potts.
24 October 2017
Remember our campaign to raise funds to undertake an independent assessment of the impact of 1050+ new houses in Knowle? Well, I’m very happy to say that SMBC are persuaded of the need to undertake a transport impact assessment, including all the main road junctions we highlighted. Even better, the work has started this week.
That leaves us to focus cost and effort on aspects of car parking analysis - a somewhat trickier area, and one where we may need some volunteer help. Once we've determined what we need to do on this, we can then identify the ‘art of the possible’ in terms of remaining funding for Landscape assessment.
24 October 2017
Master Concept Plans
I'm doubly happy to report the start of tri-partite meetings - between us, SMBC and promoters/developers - to evolve Master Concept Plans for the proposed site allocations in Knowle.
We've had a first full, frank and largely productive session for the Hampton Road site.
However, still no news at all on Arden Triangle. Given the size and complexity of this site, it seriously brings into question what, if anything, can be achieved in advance of SMBC submitting their Draft Local Plan for formal consultation in ‘winter 2017/18'.
29 September 2017
Draft Education and Community Facilities Policies
Following presentation and discussion at our Forum meeting on 25 Sept, these are now available for Members to view in our Members Area.
19 September 2017
Members Only Area now Open!
Take a look at our new Members Only area on the website.
Not able to make Forum meetings? No problem, we're in the process of putting all the draft policies into the Member Area - where in due course we will also be adding Member polls and voting.
Any registered Forum Member can access the draft policies by: clicking on the Login/Sign Up button at the top of the website home page; Select Sign Up, enter your email address, a Password and Click 'Go' to request access.
We receive the request, check you are all ready a Forum Member, and then approve. You’ll be notified using the email you gave and can then Login to see the draft policies.
19 September 2017
Draft Policies Completed!
..and provided to SMBC (we await their feedback on the last sets).
Four or five members of the Forum team have been beavering away over summer to move the Plan forward as quickly as possible (and get it in place well in advance of SMBC’s housing allocations coming into effect).
As a community, we owe them huge thanks for their commitment, which means we are close to finalising the full Draft Neighbourhood Plan document. Our attention is now turning to the various, detailed supporting documents that we are legally required to submit alongside the Plan.
19 September 2017
SMBC Master Concept Plans
We are extremely concerned at the lack of progress being made on development of Master Concept Plans for the 1050 new houses SMBC propose in Knowle - so much so that we have recently flagged this to the SMBC Scrutiny Board and will be following up with our Local Councillors.
19 September 2017
SMBC Neighbourhood Plan
We've had two meetings with SMBC over summer - one 4 hours!In terms of the Neighbourhood Plan, these have been invaluable, and certainly yielded some interesting and lively discussions as we get into the detail of Plan policies. Discussions have helped to give greater clarity in some areas, thrown up frustrations in others and, in some places, we’ve agreed to disagree.
19 September 2017
Two Grant-Aided Studies Commissioned
In August we commissioned two grant-aided studies: 'Heritage and Character Assessment' and 'Urban Design Master Planning’ (unfortunately grant funding does NOT include Transport and Landscape, hence the need for the Campaign).
Together, the two grant-aided studies will considerably strengthen our ‘evidence base’, as specialists using a recognised methodology (and building on the Residents' Survey feedback) will provide objective data and analysis on what makes KDBH distinctive, what we must protect, and how new development must be designed to ‘fit’ well in our Area.
Don’t miss October’s Forum, which will include a workshop on these aspects designed for participation by everyone.
17 July 2017
11 July 2017
UPDATE: Dorridge Planning Application - "Station Bar"
A huge 'Thank You' and 'Well Done' to all who took the time to respond to our notification of Planning Application for the former Station Cafe/Bar in Dorridge. A fantastic response (SMBC's original notification received only 6 responses, including us and DDRA) - community action at work!
Click to see a summary analysis of all your feedback. We've sent this to Councillor Ian Courts, and also to SMBC to be circulated as an update to Planning Committee members in advance of their meeting to review the Application tomorrow, 12 July.
Don't forget, if you want to see how things go 'on the day', you can 'tune into' these meetings via Solihull Council's website at
5 July 2017
URGENT: Dorridge Planning Application - "Station Bar"
On 12 July, Solihull Planning Committee will review an application to redevelop Station Bar (Ref: PL/2017/00988/COU on SMBC website). We're highlighting this because of the building's village centre location and its prominence for the Station Road Conservation Area. Redevelopment may be welcome, although current proposals do include:
- extending drinking facilities outside on both the ground floor and on a new rooftop area (increased noise and privacy considerations)
- raising the height of the building and creating wooden boarding around the perimeter (visual impact in a conservation area).
Please let us know your views, good and bad, via our contact form at the foot of this page.
22 June 2017
The Results are in
Thanks to all members who joined in our first short survey on Solihull Council's proposals to build 1050 new houses in Knowle. It worked!!
We promised to let you have the results - shown on the left. Click the arrows to move between slides. The bottom right number shows how many responded to each question - so 163 people contributed their views.
These are enormously helpful to us - we aim to create a 'Frequently Asked Questions' to respond to your queries. So watch out for more mini surveys which go to all members. Just one of the new ways we're trying to reach out to more people in our community...
20 June 2017
What Did Independent Consultants Say About Housing Needs in KDBH?
At the end of last year, we commissioned a study to look specifically at KDBH housing needs (part of grant-aided support available to Neighbourhood Planning). This study analyses housing demand in terms of both the number and type of houses KDBH requires.
Find out how the findings compare to Solihull Council's proposals...
Read the Report Here
20 June 2017
Our latest Facebook post
A very warm welcome to all our new members who have joined up following our Facebook post yesterday.
If you want a bit of background to help you complete the quick survey we sent you, read our response to Solihull Council by clicking Here.
31 May 2017
Add your views to Transport Consultation - Closing 9 June
Transport for the West Midlands (part of the West Midlands Combined Authority) are seeking views on their 2026 Draft Delivery Plan covering the first 10 years of the longer-term transport plan for the region. Proposals include a number of schemes for Solihull, some of which could affect us due to their proximity to KDBH. Read more
13 May 2017
Free drink for KDBH Members!
See Bentley Heath Country Market's entry on our new KDBH Events calendar.
Publicise your local event for free - contact us with details.
15 February 2017
Forum response to SMBC's proposals for housing development in KDBH
Solihull Council's proposals would see 1050 new homes built on two large sites of Green Belt in Knowle. While these could bring community benefits, there's a lot of unanswered questions. We sought your feedback in putting together our response.... Read more
Solihull Council (SMBC) proposes building 1050+ new houses in Knowle. Residents and businesses are really concerned about this huge growth (25%), in particular the impact on:
car parking, congestion and traffic capacity at key junctions, in Knowle and around KDBH
the quality of landscape and the green environment around our villages
It is clear that SMBC will NOT be undertaking the impact analysis we seek prior to approval of the housing plans. We think this is unacceptable.
Forum attendees have said they are willing to contribute to the cost of undertaking the necessary analysis using independent consultants. So today we're formally launching a campaign to raise funds, and asking for your support.
We've scoped the work needed and responses indicate we'll need a total of c. £10,000 - £12,000. If we don't achieve all this, then we would prioritise within the available funding.
Read more details on the analysis to be undertaken and ways in which you may choose to donate.
Thank you for your on-going support.
Impact of new housing proposals on KDBH
8 November 2016
The Boundary Commission are proposing boundary changes to MPs' constituencies. This being a National Government, not Local Authority, matter, it is outside the remit of the Forum. Nevertheless, we are raising awareness and encouraging residents to make their views known directly on the Consultation website Read more
Submissions need to be in by 5th December.
7 November 2016
Knowle Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Plan Limited Accounts as presented at the Company and Forum AGM on 12.10.2016 Read more
4 November 2016
Minutes of the Company and Forum AGM on 12.10.2016 Read more
Chair's Review of the Year Read more
Transport & Infrastructure Speaker Notes Read more
Leisure, Learning & Community Facilities Speaker Notes Read more
23 October 2016
Developer material provided for our Developer Showcase, outlining their proposals for potential development sites in KDBH, now available Read more
10 October 2016
Save our Parks
MPs on the Communities and Local Government Committee are running a consultation on how we use parks and how they’re managed. Feedback will help determine the future of our parks. Our LL&CF team has submitted the below on behalf of KDBH. Read more
7 October 2016
Developer Showcase Results
Attached is output from this Event held in July 2016.
A narrative summary Read more
a table of results (Appendix B) is Read more
a graphic of the room layout (Appendix A) Read more
4 October 2016
Residents Survey Final Report, analysed and produced by our independent survey expert from Stratford Council. Read more
3 October 2016
Knowle Society have campaigned to preserve three areas in Knowle from future development. A Council Meeting 5th October, 6pm in the Civic Suite will decide if any of these areas can remain as Open Green Space for posterity.
12 September 2016
Letter to SMBC re Planning Application Pl 2016/01535, Earlswood Road, Dorridge Read more
12 September 2016
Note of meeting with SMBC on “Call for Sites” and related NP matters, May 2016 Read more
8 September 2016
Initial presentation of the Residents Survey Findings to the Extraordinary Forum Meeting on 19 July 2016 Read more
23 July 2016
This was picked from an advert in Arden Observer Thursday 21 July 2016 (Page 12)
This Public Exhibition is independently organised by Applegreen plc and is NOT a KDBH Forum event
Please encourage as many people as possible to attend.
Proposal for New Motorway Service Area - M42 Junction 4 - Public Exhibition
The Exhibition will take place on the following dates and venues (3pm till 8pm)
Tuesday 26th July at Dorridge Village Hall, Grange Road, Dorridge
Wednesday 27th July at Cheswick Green Village Hall, Cheswick Way, Cheswick Green
19 July 2016
A copy of the Call for Sites Map displayed at the Developer Showcase Event Read more
18 July 2016
As of today, we have had 32,252 visitors to the KDBH Forum website since we started it last year!
Please keep in touch
17 July 2016
A very BIG Thank You to all the Developers who came along for the Developers Showcase on Saturday 16 July 2016
There was an excellent turnout of over 400 residents who took the opportunity to discuss the proposals presented by the Developers
17 March 2016
Solihull Connected Transport Strategy.
The results of this consultation, as well as the draft transport strategy are being submitted to the Council's Economic Development & Managed Growth Scrutiny Board for consideration on Thursday 17 March.
Draft strategy and consultation report Read more
14 March 2016
What our young people told us
Last week's Forum meeting included outcomes from our Youth Forum, attended by over 80 of our school children, capturing their vision for the future of our Area. Some valuable insights Read more
March 4, 2016
Article in this week's Solihull Observer
This week’s Solihull Observer has an ‘Exclusive’ setting out a vision for re-development of Arden School. At the end, it mentions Solihull Council referencing the KDBH Neighbourhood Forum.
Image from Solihull Observer Read more
Solihull Observer electronic copy March 9 2016 Read more
For the avoidance of doubt, this is one of a number of ideas being put forward to Solihull Council as part their recent ‘call for sites’ – none of which has been approved and none of which is being promoted by KDBH. Our role is to remain independent, while ensuring that the community is aware of, and involved in, any options and choices that need to be made around plans for the future of our Area.
7 January 2016
Extraordinary Housing Meeting on 13 January 2016
This is an opportunity not to be missed to ensure that views from across our Neighbourhood are
heard and considered right from the outset of SMBC’s Housing review.
2 December 2015
A PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation used at the Forum Launch is available
This does not require PowerPoint to view it. Read more
27 November 2015
Some interesting transport statistics for our Area. Read more
27 November 2015
A PowerPoint presentation used at the Forum Launch that was designed to answer the most frequently asked questions is available to download
Please note the slides will change automatically.
NB: This is no longer available, please view the PDF version above 2 December 2015
10 October 2015
The Neighbourhood Forum is now official!
The Forum has just been officially designated by Solihull MBC making it the first such Forum to be approved in the Borough.
A launch campaign will run from 7 - 15 of November. Read more
5 October 2015
Emily Walsh, SMBC Transport specialist, to speak at our Forum Meeting on 8 Oct 2015.
A chance not to be missed to hear about future plans and air your views on transport matters.
5 October 2015
Welcome to all our new members who have joined since Dorridge Day.
We look forward to welcoming you at our New Members Introductory session at 6:15pm 8 October 2015 at Arden Academy
5 October 2015
UK Central Update on 2 Nov 2015
Members are encouraged to sign up quickly (limited places) to what should be a very interesting session on what's happening with UK Central and what it means for us. Read more
2 October 2015
The Agenda for our next Forum meeting on 8 Oct 2015 is available Read more
Please bring along the Minutes of the last Forum meeting available Read more
24 August 2015
Middlefield Housing Development, Knowle.
Taylor Wimpey are seeking local views on their emerging proposals for a new residential development on land off Middlefield Avenue, Knowle (a site already allocated for 115 dwellings in the Solihull Local Plan).
There is a public consultation event on 8 Sep 2015, before plans are finalised and the planning application is submitted to Solihull Council.
Taylor Wimpey consultation boards
24 August 2015
Cheaper gas and electricity?
Interesting development at Solihull Council, with the launch of a new energy switching scheme – ‘Switch ‘n’ Save - aiming to reduce energy costs in the borough. Register your interest (with no commitment) by 12 October 2015 at or call 0121 704 6000.
24 August 2015
Solihull Connected Green Paper 2015 - Improving the transport infrastructure. Read more
24 August 2015
Congratulations to Hampton-in-Arden Parish Council who have just released the ‘Pre-Submission’ draft of their Neighbourhood Plan for Consultation (which runs from 3 Aug to 14 Sept).
We can certainly learn from the work that they have undertaken over the past three years. The Plan is well worth a read. Read more
16 July, 2015
We have submitted Applications for our Neighbourhood Area and Forum to Solihull Council. Public Consultation will run from July 16 to August 27.
22 June 2015
A special plea to Bentley Heath - we’re missing your voice on the Neighbourhood Forum.
14 June 2015
We have launched our first communication campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Neighbourhood Forum and increasing membership Read more