From the 22nd June, Solihull MBC are planning to open the Hampton-in-Arden Library for a click and collect slot.  Following a review with Public Health colleagues at Solihull MBC, it has been agreed that services can recommence, albeit on a limited basis.  The library will be open every Tuesday morning (from 10am to 11am). 

The situation will be kept under review in terms of the Government’s guidance but also customer demand.   It is hoped that opening hours can be extended by September for all Solihull’s libraries. Hopefully, as the situation improves, the same can be achieved in Hampton as well.

Planning News

*Application 2015/51409 – Motorway Service Area Catherine de Barnes: You may recall that the Solihull MBC Planning Committee refused this application. We have been advised that the applicant is in the final stages of launching an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. The application 2016/02754 for a similar service area at Junction 4 have already lodged an appeal at their application’s refusal, so we should expect notice of a Public Enquiry later this year or even early next year.  The fights goes on!!

*Application 2020/03108 – Change of use at Woodhouse Farm for HGV yard ,maintenance facilities and storage of HGV vehicles: This application was refused on the grounds of inappropriate development in the Green Belt. The applicant subsequently appealed the decision and we have now learned that the appeal has been dismissed and the decision to refuse upheld. A fantastic result for the preservation of our Green Belt.

*Application 2020/02792 – Reconfiguration of the WGAA pitches with new clubhouse and car parking faciliites: This application was heard by the Solihull MBC Planning Committee back in March 2021 and, following a long discussion, came to the view that the application lacked a certain amount of detail and decided that they would defer making a decision until further information had been provided. We expect the detail to be provided over the next few weeks with a possibility that the application will go back before the Planning Committee in July.

*Application 2021/00058 – For a dropped kerb outside Catherine de Barnes Village Hall: This application received approval on 14th May 2021 and is a precursor to the construction of an off-loading facility at the Village Hall.

*Application 2020/02784 – Erection of a triple combined tepee at Newlands Bishop Farm facility: This application is still pending awaiting further information by the applicant relating to the potential use of the tepee. Local residents (supported by the Parish Council) had concerns over the use of the tepee in relation to it being used for social events/weddings etc at the weekends particularly, as an existing similar smaller structure used for such events represents a major noise nuisance.

Festival Update

Whilst we are still hopeful that Step 4 of the Covid Roadmap will take effect from 21st June, the Festival Committee has taken the decision that due to many uncertainties which remain and the fact that this date is very close to the usual Festival weekend dates they have no alternative but postpone this year’s Festival.

The Committee is hopeful if everything continues to plan and the village feels comfortable in mixing and socialising together – which we suspect many will be after a year of lockdown – that we look to hold a scaled down Festival in the either late August or early September.  The Committee is also looking into the possibility of holding a Village Bonfire and/or Fireworks Night this year.