Neighbourhood Development Plan

First draft plan consultation.

The parish council is seeking views on the First Draft of a neighbourhood development plan for Berkswell Parish and is conducting a non-statutory consultation to allow residents to give their views. Berkswell Parish includes the eastern side of Balsall Common and stretches from there east to the Coventry border, to Bradnocks Marsh to the north and to Windmill Lane and Duggins Lane in the south. It includes the village of Berkswell and many other hamlets and settlements. The First Draft Plan is based substantially upon the Issues and Options consultation conducted in the autumn of 2017 and various other consultation processes and events including input from the public at NDP Steering Committee and parish council meetings.

With this consultation, we are seeking views from residents and other interested parties to establish that we have covered all of the appropriate issues that arose during those consultations. It should be noted that a NDP cannot cover issues such as public transport, schools, highways and similar infrastructure. Neither can it seek to resist development proposed in the Solihull Local Plan nor adjust green belt boundaries. It can however, seek to mould development to ensure that our community remains strong and vibrant with things that the community values retained and enhanced.

Consultation period

This is a non-statutory consultation. It will run from Saturday 24th March to Thursday 26th April 2018. After the consultation period, the parish council will make appropriate adjustments to this First Draft Plan. There will then be two further periods of “statutory” consultation typically when various official bodies, and potentially those with a commercial interest in development, will comment (as well as residents). However, this First Draft Plan consultation is vital if we are to ensure that we start with residents’ views and fully reflect them. Input from any source will also be fully considered and we will be specifically seeking views from Solihull Council and Balsall Parish Council.

The First Draft Plan contains 10 draft planning policies, and in the appendix, some initial thoughts and proposals on supporting infrastructure. The infrastructure proposals will require much further work. At the planned drop-in sessions (see below) we will be seeking residents’ views on some proposed improved parking and traffic calming measures in Berkswell village. Primarily these are designed to address the safety issues resulting from parents bringing their children to school from Balsall Common and elsewhere, visitors to the church and reading rooms and through traffic. These are complex proposals requiring sight of the layout drawings and those interested are urged to visit one of the 3 drop in sessions mentioned below. Consultation on this parking/traffic calming aspect of the First Draft Plan will only take place at the drop-in sessions.

The main consultation documents and the on-line survey

You will find the full First Draft Plan here
You will find the vision, objectives and the 10 proposed planning policies extracted from the First Draft Plan contained in the draft NDP document here
You may submit your views using an on-line link or using the survey forms that volunteers are distributing to homes in Berkswell and Balsall Parishes. You will find the link to the online survey here.

More information

Volunteers have delivered information packs and survey forms to houses across Berkswell and Balsall Parishes. 3 drop-in sessions have been run to provide more information to residents. A 4th drop-in event will take place on Tuesday 24th April 2018 between 3 pm and 4.30 pm at the Scout House in the Spinney car park by the school. This has been chosen to coincide with school finish time when parents pick up their children from school.

Additional Evidence Base for first draft plan

The following files represent the additional evidence base
Meeting House Lane Park
Heart of England School survey
Kenilworth Greenway
Beanit Farm Hedge
Little Beanit Farm Meadow
Berkswell Moss
Big Poors and Little Poors Wood
Beanit Green Lane
Berkswell Marsh Meadow
Mercote Mill Pool
Hallmeadow Road Car Parking survey Jan 2018.pdf
Ecological Report
Rough Close
Landscape character assessment
Photo appendix re Park on Meeting House Lane
Solihull Connect Transport Strategy 2016
Meeting House Lane Traffic Survey results
Berkswell PPA Sept 2017
Historic Environment Report
All responses report final
Business Survey Summary Report
SMBC email - provision of open space guidelines Jan 2018
SMBC Green Spaces Strategy Review 2014
Notes of Berkswell PC & SMBC Highways meeting 8th February 2018
Berkswell NDP Business Survey Summary Report
Issues and Options residents all responses report final

Evidence for Issues and Options Consultation

Community engagement BBCSA Nov16
Community engagement BCPS-Staff
Community engagement BC Lions
Balsall Common Festival Sept 2015
Balsall Common Primary School Fete June 2016
Berkswell Fete community engagement Jul 2016
Community engagement BC business forum Aug 2016
Community engagement Berkswell school
Community engagement proforma Berkswell Village Xmas survey
Community engagement proforma Heart of England Students Nov 2016
Community engagement proforma Heart of England Chair of Governors and PTA
Community engagement PTA BCPS focus group
Explorers Community engagement Sept 2016
Sites Exhibition Data spreadsheet - Berkswell only

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