Berkswell Neighbourhood Plan

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Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Plan receives a ‘yes’ vote at referendum and is now 'made'.

The Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum was held on Thursday 18 July 2019. Residents eligible to vote were asked “‘Do you want Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Berkswell Parish to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?’

The referendum result showed clear support for the Neighbourhood Plan with a total of 536 votes cast in favour (94.87%), and 29 votes against. The turnout was 21.66%..

The Neighbourhood Plan was formally ‘made’ by the Council at Full Cabinet on 5 September 2019. It will now be used by the Local Planning Authority to help it determine planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area. The Decision Statement and the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed below:

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Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Following an independent examination of the Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, the Council has agreed that the Plan (as modified to accord with the agreed recommendations of the Independent Examiner and additional modifications / amendments by the Local Planning Authority) should proceed to referendum.

See Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Planning and Housing decision session of Thursday 30 May 2019. The referendum on the Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan took place on Thursday 18 July 2019.

Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Plan Independent Examination

The report of the independent examination of the Berkswell Neighbourhood Development Plan, prepared by Mr Andrew Matheson, was received on 9 April 2019. The Examiners report is available to view here. The report recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should, subject to the recommended modifications, proceed to referendum.

For transparency, a summary of the representations received in response to the Regulation 16 consultation on the Submission Draft Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan and copies of correspondence between the Examiner and Berkswell Parish Council can be viewed below:

Solihull MBC Summary of representations received on the Submission Draft Berkswell Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan
Independent Examiner – Andrew Matheson Examiner’s Opening Enquiries for Berkswell Parish Council and Solihull MBC dated 18 February 2019
Berkswell Parish Council and Solihull MBC Response to Examiner’s Opening Enquiries dated 8 March 2019

Berkswell Neighbourhood Plan Submission Draft

Berkswell Parish Council formally submitted its Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan to the Council for public consultation. Consultation took place from Monday 5 November 2018 until Friday 21 December 2018 before progressing to independent Examination.

The Submission Draft and other supporting information can be viewed below:

Berkswell Neighbourhood Plan Pre-Submission Draft

On 18 June 2018, in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Berkswell Parish Council commenced consultation on their Pre-Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Berkwell Neighbourhood Plan – Summary of Progress:

Neighbourhood Area Application Submitted March 2017
Neighbourhood Area Designated July 2017
Pre-Submission (Regulation 14) Consultation June 2018
Submission October 2018
Examination January 2019
Referendum 18 July 2019
Plan ‘Made’ September 2019

Further information about the Berkswell Neighbourhood Plan can be found here