Commenting on the publication of the HMA report Councillor Ian Courts, Solihull Council's Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Managed Growth said:
“This study is another step towards identifying how the Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area (HMA), of which Solihull is a part, might tackle the housing shortfall across the wider area. It also shows the cooperation that is happening between local authorities in the HMA to try and tackle this difficult issue.
“I’m pleased to see the study recognises the strategic importance of the Meriden Gap in Solihull, noting that it makes a significant contribution to the green belt. However, there is a clear tension between the study suggesting that areas in Solihull may be suitable for consideration for new development, whilst also recognising the significant role the green belt in Solihull is already playing in the region.
“The study recommends that further work is done to investigate the possibility of new settlements and urban extensions at locations across the HMA; some of those identified are in Solihull.
“It’s important to be clear about the status of the study - it is evidence that the Council needs to take into account and respond to. To do this the Council is undertaking its own research to carefully and constructively consider the findings and recommendations in the study and understand how realistic these recommendations might be.
“The study is clear that there is still much work to do. We will incorporate our response to the report into the next draft version of the Solihull Local Plan, which is due to be published later this year. We will be keen to continue engaging with our communities across the borough as we prepare the next version of our plan.”
For more information please follow this link to the Local Plan pages.