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Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Draft

The Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Draft Neighbourhood Plan is out for public consultation from Saturday 25 November 2017 until Friday 12 January 2018.

The Knowle, Dorridge, Bentley Heath (KDBH) Neighbourhood Forum is inviting comments on the draft plan, which can be provided via the KDBH website or emailed to

The Plan can also be viewed at Knowle Library, along with a questionnaire that can be completed and left in a dedicated feedback box.

All queries and comments on this Draft Plan should be sent directly to KDBH Neighbourhood Forum via the contact details above, and not sent to Solihull Council.

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Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Plan is 'made'

The Hampton in Arden Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Referendum was held on Thursday 6 July 2017. The referendum result showed clear support for the NDP. The ‘Declaration of Result of Poll’ can be viewed here.

The Council has now ‘made’ the Neighbourhood Plan (brought it into legal effect) and it is now formally part of the statutory Solihull Local Plan that was adopted in December 2013. The Neighbourhood Plan will be used by the Council to assist in making decisions relating to planning applications in the Neighbourhood Plan Area.

The Neighbourhood Plan (as modified in response the recommendations of the independent examiner) and other related documentation (referred to in the statutory regulations as the ‘specified documents’) can be viewed below and also at Hampton in Arden library, The Core Library and Solihull Connect walk-in centre.

Independent Examination

Independent Examination of the Hampton in Arden Neighbourhood Plan (NDP) Submission Draft took place in January. The Examiner’s report concludes that subject to recommended modifications:

  • the NDP has regard to national policies and advice in guidance issued by the Secretary of State
  • contributes to achieving sustainable development
  • is in conformity with the strategic policies of the adopted local plan
  • is compatible with EU & European Convention on Human Rights obligations

The report recommends to the Council that, subject to the modifications, it is appropriate for the NDP to proceed to referendum.

The Council has considered the examiner’s report and is in agreement with all of its recommendations as described in the Council’s 19 April 2017 report.

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In addition to these (referred in the statutory regulations as ‘specified documents') you can also view

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Notification of Withdrawal of the Balsall and Berkswell Joint Neighbourhood Area Designation

In October 2015 Balsall and Berkswell Parish Councils jointly applied to Solihull MBC to designate the two Parishes as a single Neighbourhood Area to enable the preparation of a joint Neighbourhood Development Plan. A joint Neighbourhood Area was formally designated by the Council in January 2016. However, Balsall and Berkswell Parish Councils no longer intend to prepare a joint Neighbourhood Development Plan for the area.

Following a resolution by the Cabinet Member for Managed Growth at the Decision Session on 19 April 2017, the existing joint Neighbourhood Area has now been withdrawn. Therefore, the area is no longer the subject of a joint Neighbourhood Area designation.

Neighbourhood Planning

The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new type of planning which enables communities to have more of a say in how their area develops and is managed. A key part of Act, Neighbourhood Planning enables communities to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan to guide the development of their area.

The Government is supporting the delivery of Neighbourhood Planning through a package which includes both hands-on support and financial assistance. You can find out more about Neighbourhood Planning and how to apply for support.

Neighbourhood Planning in Solihull

In Solihull today there are six designated Neighbourhood Areas. The designations enable Parish/Town Councils or Neighbourhood Forums to prepare a plan for their area.

Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath

Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Area application
Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Forum application
Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Planning website


Meriden Neighbourhood Area application
Meriden Neighbourhood Planning website

Cheswick Green

Cheswick Green Neighbourhood Area application
Cheswick Green Parish Council website


Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Area application
Hampton-in-Arden Neighbourhood Planning website

Dickens Heath

Dickens Heath Neighbourhood Area application
Dickens Heath Neighbourhood Planning website

Hockley Heath

Hockley Heath Neighbourhood Area application
Hockley Heath Neighbourhood Planning website

If you’re interested in preparing a plan for your area, we will help you through the process.

Neighbourhood Planning Guidance
Neighbourhood Planning FAQs brochure

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