Neighbourhood Development Plan


Issues and Options Consultation

A Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the Parish of Berkswell is essential to the community if the scale of housing proposed in the draft Solihull Local Plan becomes a reality. A NDP can help mould development that may take place in the near future to an acceptable or a “least worst situation” for existing residents whilst providing enhanced money for some infrastructure improvements determined as being necessary by local people. It is estimated that our community could benefit to the tune of £2.5 million from a levy on developers if we have an NDP in place.

As you can imagine, creating a NDP is a formal process and this Issues and Options Consultation is the first stage of consultation with residents and interested parties. The overall stages are shown in the attached document here and each must be met if the NDP is to be adopted and the plan made.

The Issues and Options

Berkswell Parish Council’s NDP steering committee, comprising 4 residents and 3 parish councillors, prepared and proposed the Issues and Options document that forms the basis for this consultation. Their views have been informed by residents’ input into the previous (now terminated) joint NDP process with Balsall Parish Council. The Parish Council approved the principles and approach of the Issues and Options consultation on 14th September 2017.

A NDP is relatively restricted in terms of what it can achieve particularly in an area which is situated within the greenbelt like Berkswell Parish. However, there are some practical things that a NDP can consider. In the link below you will find a document covering the key Issues and Options that the parish council and steering group believes should be considered.

Before undertaking further work, it is essential that the NDP Steering Committee and Berkswell Parish Council receive residents, local businesses and other interested parties’ views on the Issues and Options identified and more importantly whether any key issues/options have been missed. This is where you can help. Only after your views have been heard can the council proceed to create a draft Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The Issues and Options document can be found here

The Consultation Process

Residents, local businesses and other interested parties are being asked to contribute to a consultation process commencing on 30th September 2017 and ending on 28th October 2017 and there are two separate consultations running in parallel:
1. A specific consultation of local businesses to ascertain their views and needs
2. A general consultation for parish residents and others

How to contribute your views

** Saturday 30th September 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. at the Jubilee Centre, Station Road in the Library car park, Balsall Common.

** Saturday 7th October 2017 from 9.30 am to noon in the Jordan Room, St John the Baptist Church, Church Lane, Berkswell.

  • Print off the questionnaire(s) from the link below and send it to Berkswell Parish Council, PO Box 6379, Coventry, CV6 9LP
    General printable questionnaire download here
    Business printable questionnaire download here

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the NDP Steering Committee will be at 1:30pm on Tuesday 17th October in the Jordan Room, St John Baptist Church, Berkswell. The agenda can be seen here

Minutes of the NDP Steering Committee can be found on the Report, minutes and accounts page of this Parish Council web site

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