Village War Memorial Awarded Grade II Listed Building Status

We are delighted to announce that Historic England has confirmed that the Hampton-in-Arden War Memorial has been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.  The memorial is listed as Grade II.  The recommendation for listing reads as follows:  “This is a well-executed example of the Latin cross type of war memorial. Prominently situated on the main street through the village, this simple yet dignified memorial commemorates those from the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. An inscription was added later in dedication to those from the village who died during the Second World War and this adds to the historic interest of the memorial. Overall, it is considered that the memorial has special architectural and historic interest and meets the criteria for listing“.

Listing helps to mark a building’s significance and celebrate its special architectural and historic interest.  It brings specific protection so that its special interest can be properly considered in managing its future.

Neighbourhood Plan

At the meeting of Solihull MBC’s Cabinet on 10th August 2017, Members were invited to agree that the Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) could be ‘made’ (i.e. confirmation that it could become part of the Development Plan for the Borough in relation to Hampton in Arden).  In receiving the report Members acknowledged the hard work done by the Parish Council to reach this stage and it was resolved that:

(i) That the result of the Hampton in Arden referendum held on the 6th July 2017 be noted;

(ii) That it be noted that as a result of the positive referendum that the neighbourhood plan now forms part of the Borough’s Development Plan; and,

(iii) That it be agreed that in accordance with regulatory requirements, the Hampton in Arden NDP can now be formally ‘made’.

The NDP will now be used, where relevant, to help determine planning applications made within the Neighbourhood Area.  Very well done to all involved!

Motorway Service Area – Solihull Road, Catherine-de-Barnes

Highways England announced on the 24th August 2017 that they have approved the outline planning application for the Motorway Service Area covering 169 acres (subject to a number of conditions for the planning application).  The planning application is now with 5olihull MBC Planning Committee for determination.  We will keep you informed of any news on this topic – keep your eyes on the website and our Facebook page for up to date information.

Broadband – An Update

You may have noticed works being carried out around the village by BT OpenReach.  They are currently installing fibre optic cables and cabinets in various locations around the village.  This hopefully means we are a step closer to quicker internet speeds. Watch this space!

Crime in the Village

We are aware that crime levels in the village (car theft and burglaries) have increased in the village in recent months.  The Parish Council are seeking to arrange a meeting with a Police Representative.  This would be an open meeting and all Parishioners who wish to attend will be most welcome.  We hope it will be an opportunity to raise any concerns and ask any questions (e.g. on how best to protect our homes).  We will post the date of the meeting (once arranged) on Facebook, our website and on Noticeboards around the village.