Solihull Local Plan - Examination in Public

The Council submitted the Solihull Local Plan to the Planning Inspectorate on 13 May 2021 for independent examination.

Watch the hearing sessions

The upcoming hearing sessions will be broadcast live on our Solihull Council Youtube Channel. You can also access archived recordings here for previous sessions.

Two Inspectors have been appointed to undertake the examination, and they are:

  • Kevin Ward BA (Hons) MRTPI
  • K Ford MSc MRTPI

The Council has appointed a Programme Officer to assist the Inspectors in carrying out their examination, and she will be the contact for the Inspectors. The Programme Officer’s details are as follows:

  • Kelly Akins
  • Email: programmeofficer@solihull.gov.uk
  • Tel: 07385468923
  • Post: Kelly Akins, Programme Manager, SMBC Offices, The Bluebell Centre, West Mall, Chelmsley Wood, B37 5TN

All documents associated with the examination, including those submitted alongside the plan can be found in our online examination library.

Online examination library

You can view a referenced schedule of documents that can be found in the library. This schedule will be updated as further documents are received.

This page will be updated as the examination progresses with the latest update towards the top of the page.

Early stages undertaken in connection with preparation of the plan can be found under the Local Plan Review pages on the web site which can be found here.

Updates for The Examination

1 December 2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances the hearing session on Tuesday 7 December 2021 covering Matters 8 and 13 has had to be postponed. Further updates will follow once a new date has been agreed.

29 November 2021

An up to date hearings timetable has been issued today which includes the lists of accepted participants for the upcoming sessions for Matters 7-13.

25 November 2021

Inspectors have issued an agenda for Matter 9, Matter 10 and Matter 11

24 November 2021

  1.  Inspectors have issued an agenda for Matter 7
  2. A number of Statements of Common Ground (SoCG) have recently been added to the Examination Library. They can be found under Document Type “Statements of Common Ground” and a draft SoCG added under “Matter 6G – Housing Site allocations – Knowle”.
  3. A letter from Homes England to SMBC has been added to the examination library under document ref HD012. Participants for the Matter 6G sessions are being given the opportunity to submit brief comments about this document. This must be done in writing via the Programme Officer by 5pm on 3 December 2021.

17 November 2021

The session for Matter 6H, due to take place on Thursday 18 November 2021, will now take place this afternoon. The session will begin at 1:00pm and can be observed on the councils YouTube Channel.

15 November 2021

The inspectors have issued agendas for Matter 6G and Matter 6H and an agenda for the additional session on Matter 6G.

11 November 2021

  1. The inspectors have issued an agenda for Matters 6F.
  2. The NEC new Draft Masterplan has been added to the Examination Library.
  3. The most up to date hearings timetable including participants has also been published today.

10 November 2021

The inspectors have issued an agenda for Matter 6E which is due to take place at the councils chamber on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

9 November 2021

A revised hearings timetable has been issued today with some amendments to scheduled sessions in December, the timetable includes accepted participants for all remaining sessions.

There has been an additional session added due to take place in January 2022, this will allow for the previous Matter 3 participants to discuss issues relating to the councils recently issued note on the housing implications of growth at UK Central (document reference HD006).

Matter 3 participants have also been given the opportunity to comment on the note (document ref HD006). This should be done in writing and sent to the Programme Officer by 5pm 30 November 2021.

3 November 2021

The Inspectors have issued agendas for Matters 6A, 6B, 6C and 6D

25 October 2021

An up to date hearings timetable has been issued today which includes the lists of accepted participants for the upcoming sessions for Matters 6A-6H.

30 September 2021

  1. The Inspectors have issued the agenda for Matter 5. Agenda for Matter 5 session starting at 2.00pm on Thursday 7 October 2021.
  2. The most up to date hearings timetable has been issued today. 
  3. The Inspectors have agreed to extend the deadline for the submission of statements relating to Matters 7 to 13 to 5.00pm on Friday 29 October 2021. The deadline for the submission of statements for Matters 6A to 6H remains 5.00pm on Friday 15 October 2021.

27 September 2021

The Inspectors have issued agendas for Matters 3 and 4.

24 September 2021

The upcoming hearing sessions will be broadcast live via our Solihull Council Youtube Channel.

22 September 2021

The Inspectors have issued agendas for the first 2 hearing sessions.

20 September 2021

The Inspectors’ have issued an updated hearings timetable which now includes the list of accepted participants for the upcoming sessions for Matters 1-5.

2 August 2021

The Inspectors’ Matters, Issues and Questions along with the hearings timetable and guidance notes have been issued today.

28 July 2021

The Council has issued a revised schedule of omitted/alternative sites to the Inspectors.

16 July 2021

The Council submitted its responses to the information/clarification requests made by the Inspectors in their initial letter to the Council dated 24 June 2021.

24 June 2021

Inspectors' initial letter to the council has been issued.

26 May 2021

Inspectors were appointed to undertake the independent examination.

Data protection

You can view the privacy notices for:

Where hearings are taking place virtually reference should also be made to Solihull Council’s Protocol for Webcasting of Meetings. The protocol contains information on how personal data may be used, recorded and stored.