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BALSALL PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN 

Receives a ‘yes’ vote at referendum

The Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum was held on Thursday 6 May 2021. Residents eligible to vote were asked “‘Do you want Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Balsall Parish to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?’

The referendum result showed clear support for the Neighbourhood Plan with a total of 1,796 votes cast in favour (87%), and 269 votes against. A copy of the Declaration of Result of Poll is available by clicking the link below.

Solihull MBC will be taking a report to Full Cabinet on 17 June so that the Plan can be formally ‘made’. However, now that there has been a vote in favour at the referendum, the Plan takes full effect and the policies in it will be considered in relevant Development Management reports and decisions.

IF PARISIONERS WOULD LIKE TO EXAMINE A COPY OF THE PLAN AND DOCUMENTATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT. ALTERNATIVELY LOG ONTO THE SMBC WEBSITE – SEE LINK BELOW.

LINK TO THE SOLIHULL MBC WEBSITE TO READ THE PLAN AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Plan completed Independent Examination

LINK TO THE SOLIHULL MBC WEBSITE TO READ THE PLAN AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning & Housing Portfolio has confirmed agreement to progress the NDP in accordance with the Examiner’s recommendations. As soon as arrangements for this to be published Solihull Council’s website are completed, the link above  will provide access to the documents.

However, the Plan will shortly be published by SMBC and at that point its Development Management service will be able to give significant weight to the policies in the NDP when considering planning applications in the parish, in accordance with the recent update to the National Planning Policy Guidance.

Plan undergone Independent Examination

SOLIHULL COUNCIL EXAMINER’S REPORT

Solihull Council notified Balsall Parish Council (7 October 2019) that it formally appointed Andrew Matheson to undertake the examination of the Balsall Parish NDP.

The Plan itself and the Basic Conditions statement, together with the full representations and a summary of representations are published by Solihull Council on its website.

Opening enquiries of the examiner made to Balsall Parish Council and Solihull Council and the subsequent responses  and final report are published on the Solihull Council website – https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Planning/appealsenforcement/planmaking/neighbourhoodplanning.

Plan submitted for Regulation 16 consultation

LINK TO THE SOLIHULL MBC WEBSITE TO READ THE PLAN AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS 

Read the Plan and supporting documents here.

Balsall Parish Council formally submitted the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, Submission Version, to Solihull Council on 15th April 2019 following a resolution of full Council on the 20th March 2019.

Solihull Council confirmed on 18th April 2019 that the plan meets the technical compliance check requirements and carried out 6 weeks public  consultation.  The consultation ran from Thursday 13th June until Friday 26th July 2019.

Following the consultation period and the consideration of submissions, the plan proceeded to independent Examination.

The Balsall Parish Council also has a copy for public inspection – please contact the Clerk on 01676 535679 to make an appointment.

Consultation responses to Regulation 14 (Draft Plan)

60 representations on the draft plan were made containing comments in over 320 areas.  As a result modifications have been made to the draft plan on which the parish council has consulted with Solihull Council and the council’s planning consultant at Avon Planning Services.

The resulting submission version and supporting documents were considered by the Neighbourhood Development Planning Committee on 6th March 2019, recommending parish council support.  Balsall Parish Council at its meeting of 20th March 2019 resolved to submit the plan to SMBC.

Submission documents and Evidence

The Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan will be accompanied by the following documents:

Basic Conditions Statement April 2019

Consultation Statement March 2019

SEA and HRA Screening Report

Responses from the Environment Agency,Historic England and Natural England

The evidence base used by Balsall Parish Council to support the submission version can be viewed below:

Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee

A Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee was created 14 December 2016 for project management and decision making purposes and lead the preparation of and ensure successful submission of the Neighbourhood Development Plan on behalf of Balsall Parish Council.

The Committee met quarterly in public and the agendas and minutes can be seen on the Archive page of the website.

The delegated responsibilities of the NDP Committee, consisting of Councillors Helen Dean (Chair), Christina O’Sullivan, Mark Tattum and Will Heard, are now complete as it presented the Submission version of the plan and supporting documents to full Parish Council on Wednesday 20th March 2019.  The Parish Council resolved at that meeting to accept the Submission version of the Balslall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan and to formally submit the document to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Solihull Council on the 18 July 2017 approved the designation of Balsall Parish as a Neighbourhood Area for the creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan, a necessary step in the formal process.

Any Questions?

Email: clerk@balsallparishcouncil.gov.uk

Telephone: 01676 535679

Post: Balsall Parish Council, 287/289 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common CV7 7EL