It is the Parish Council’s intention (alongside the Catherine-de-Barnes Residents Association) to object to the Solihull Local Plan‚Äôs inclusion of Policy S01 ‚Äď East of Solihull (700 houses to be built on the fields between Hampton Lane, Lugtrout Lane, Damson Parkway, Field Lane and the Grand Union Canal).¬† To see the plans for sites in Catherine de Barnes Ward go to the Concept Master Plans page 66 for Oak Farm (HA2) and page 88 for SO1 (east of Solihull).¬†¬†This link will give you access to the local plan, the concept master plans and a guide on how to submit comments:¬†www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr

The response from Hampton Parish Council and the Residents’ Association can be found¬†here.¬†

Under the guidance on how to make a representation on¬†www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr¬†there is an option for groups to submit the same objections –¬† “4.3. Where groups or individuals share a common view on the plan, it would be very helpful if they would make a single representation which represents that view, rather a large number of separate representations repeating the same points. In such cases the group should indicate how many people it is representing and how the representation has been authorised”.

If, after reading the full objection response, from Hampton Parish Council and the Residents’ Association you agree to the objections listed and you would prefer your name to be added to the response rather than make your own representation then please email clerk@hamptoninarden.org.uk with the details outlined below.  We would need all responses emailed before 30th November 2020.                

I have read the full response submitted from Hampton Parish Council and the Catherine de Barnes¬†Residents‚Äô Association objecting to the inclusion of Policy SO1 ‚Äď East of Solihull, (under Solihull Town Centre & Mature Suburbs) being included in the Solihull Local¬†Plan.¬† I agree to all the objections raised and wish my name to be included in support to this response.

Please insert your details as requested below:

Name:  
Address (including postcode):  
Telephone Number:  
Email Address (where relevant):  

However, if you wish to make your own representation you can follow this link (www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr) and either:

  • complete your representation online or
  • download the form and either post or email (instructions on the form)

For your convenience a copy of the blank form is¬†here¬†. Comments should relate to the Soundness” or “Legal Compliance” of the plan.

By either method, you can, if you wish, simply say that you support the objections made in the response submitted jointly by Hampton Parish Council and the Catherine de Barnes Residents’ ¬†Association.

Here are a few pointers on the various grounds you could use to object. Unfortunately, it might take a little reading for you to put them into your own words but trust that these comments will help you along the path.

We object to site SO1, East of Solihull¬†being included in the Solihull Local Plan Review 2020 for the following reasons: –

1.The proposal is unsound as it cannot be reconciled with SMBC’s previously determined position that development on the site (or components of the site) would impact on the openness of the green belt and would threaten coalescence between settlements. (These conclusions were reached on various components of the site in SHLAA  2012,  refer to Appendix B in the response for detailed examples)

2.The development is not consistent with the objective referred to in Challenge E of the Local Plan ‚Äď ‚ÄėProtecting key gaps between urban areas and settlements‚Äô¬†‚Äď (see page 3 of the response and visit SLP Document Page 17 )

3. We consider the plan to be undeliverable as it stands because the current infrastructure does not support a development of this size and current development plans for land on Damson Parkway in particular, will result in significant traffic issues which have not been taken into account. (Local schools /doctors’ surgeries at capacity)

4. We can find no evidence of a Traffic Impact Assessment for the period of the Plan and specifically for the allocated site SO1. (There are significant current and future developments on Damson Parkway: A Household Waste and Recycling Centre (page 108 in the Plan) could potentially be placed on Damson parkway.  Plus the current JLR logistics centre being built and other developments are planned under Policy UK2 (ref page 224 in the Plan).

5. We can see no justifiable reasons for releasing this quality agricultural land from the Greenbelt    (Solihull’s own ecological assessment in 2019  recognises that Ecological Constraints Equate to 45.3% of the Total Area which has  Veteran & Notable Trees ,Mature/Ancient and/or Historic Hedgerows. For details go to  www.solihull.gov.uk/lpr , box top right-hand side -click on Evidence base, then click Ecological Assessments then SO1 Updated Ecological  Assessment)

HA2 : We object to the allocation of site HA2 for 95 dwellings on the grounds that Solihull MBC previously determined that the site was NOT suitable for family housing and as there has been no improvements to the local infrastructure or facilities we can find no evidence to support their change of stance. However, we could support a care facility

If you have any questions or queries you can contact the Residents’ Association on: 0776 8502039 or secretary@catney.co.uk or the Parish Council on 01675 442017 or clerk@hamptoninarden.org.uk 

Thank you for your continued support for our village and surrounding area.