Additional Planning Policy Documents

In addition to the Solihull Local Plan, which was adopted in December 2013, the Council has prepared documents to further support the planning process.

Draft Travel Plan Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Consultation

The council consulted on a new draft Travel Plan SPD from Friday 22 July until Monday 5 September 2022. A Travel Plan is a package of measures or agreed outcomes aimed at reducing reliance on the private car and maximising the opportunities for sustainable travel. This is in line with the council’s ambitions to reduce congestion, encourage cycling and walking and support Your Future Solihull, which outlines how the borough can become net zero by 2041.

The Supplementary Planning Document aims to provide detailed guidance for developers on what they must do as part of their development proposals to promote travel demand management. The SPD will replace current guidance on travel plans contained within the 2006 SPD “Vehicle Parking Standards and Green Travel Plans”.

You can view all the Travel Plan SPD consultation documents below:

The consultation has now closed. All comments received are being carefully considered during the further stages of the progress of the document.

Adoption of the Residential Backland Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

In accordance with Regulation 11 and 14 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, notice is hereby given that Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) adopted the Guidance on Residential Backland Development Supplementary Planning Document, hereafter referred to as the “Backland SPD” on 28 July 2021.

You can view the:

Supplementary Planning Documents & Guidance

The role of Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and Guidance (SPGs) is to provide additional detail and guidance to Local Plan policies. They help applicants make a successful planning application and support Development Management in the decision-making process. Although these documents are non-statutory, they are subject to consultation and are a material consideration when making planning decisions. The following SPDs and SPGs have been adopted:

The Council consulted on a Draft Hot Food Takeaways SPD from 6 October until 17 November 2014. Following consideration of the responses, the Council has decided to review the impact of fast food outlets as part of the Local Plan Review.

The Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement sets out the Council’s approach to consultation on planning matters. It aims to facilitate community and stakeholder involvement from planning applications to preparation of planning policies.

The Council consulted on an updated Draft Statement of Community Involvement from 2 August to 27 September 2019. The consultation responses were collated and reported to the Climate Change, Planning and Housing Cabinet session on 22 January 2020.

Authority Monitoring Report (AMR)

The Authority Monitoring Report enables the Council to assess the extent to which its planning policies are achieving their objectives. The AMR for 2019/20 (which includes data and information from 2014) can be viewed here.

The last monitoring report for the UDP (2006) was published in December 2013 and this can be viewed here.

Local Development Scheme

The Council’s most recent LDS (February 2021) can be found here.

Previous versions of the LDS are available as follows: