1st July 2014
I M Properties Development Limited will present its case against Lichfield District Council during a two day court hearing at Birmingham Administrative Court. The developer is looking to reverse the Council’s decision to approve the main modifications to the local development plan, which includes the release of large areas of Green Belt land.
20th June 2014
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s local development plan (LDP) has been dealt a serious blow following a High Court decision to uphold a judicial review, by Lioncourt Homes and Gallagher Homes. The decision came as a result of the Council adopting a local development plan without establishing the regions objectively assessed housing need and re-designating two previously uncategorised sites as green belt.
Solihull Local Plan adopted: Duty to Cooperate on Birmingham's housing shortfall & possible green belt review inserted by SoS
4th December 2013
SOLIHULL will have to help meet Birmingham's overspill housing needs and faces losing precious Greenbelt in the process - The Observer can reveal. The Council formally adopted its Local Plan - the principal planning document which sets out how and where the borough should develop - on Tuesday night.
2nd December 2013
SOLIHULL Council is set to agree to helping meet Birmingham's overspill housing needs and the possible 'review' of the Greenbelt - The Observer can exclusively reveal. The Council is set to formally 'adopt' its Local Plan - the principal planning document which sets out how and where the borough should develop in the future - tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Sutton Coldfield Rural responds to Cllr Pritchard's 'hands off' warning to Birmingham City Council!
12th November 2013
Anticipation looms around the release of the draft Birmingham Development Plan 2031. It is predicted there will be a shortfall in land capacity in Birmingham, meaning the council we be unable to meet its objectively assessed housing need, in the region of 82,000 houses. Any shortfall under the duty to cooperate, will require cross-boundary partnership so that the houses can be delivered within neighbouring boundaries, like Bromsgrove, Lichfield and North Warwickshire.
12th November 2013
Councillors have issued a ‘hands off’ warning to other areas thinking about using Lichfield and Burntwood to meet their own house building targets. The ruling Conservative group on Lichfield District Council made the comments after discussing the area’s Local Plan.
10th November 2013
A joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment commissioned by Coventry & Warwickshire has revealed Coventry City Council may have to build over 23,600 new homes between 2011 - 2031. Coventry’s Local Plan was withdrawn after Government Inspector, Robert Yuille, found it to be unsound due to a failure to fulfil its duty to cooperate on housing numbers with neighbouring local authorities.
4th November 2013
Planning Inspector Roger Clews’ Interim Conclusion of South Worcestershire’s Development Plan (SWDP) has questioned the housing evidence provided based on 23,200 dwellings required by 2030. Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council, who constructed the joint local plan, will now need to do undertake more work on the technical evidence used.
14th October 2013
AN MP has blasted councils in Birmingham and the Black Country for trying to turn Worcestershire into a “sleepy backwater”. Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luffsays he is “alarmed” by their efforts to water down the number of jobs earmarked in a key blueprint for growth in south Worcestershire.
9th October 2013
In June 2013 planning inspector Mr Tony Thickett, outlined a number of examination additional works required by North Warwickshire Borough Council to report on, including: implications for the Core Strategy of the emerging Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, the Employment Land Review and the initial results of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment.
15th September 2013
Planning Inspector has raised Lichfield District Council’s housing target by 900 homes, up from 8,700 to 9,600. The increase came about after the evaluation by the Inspector on how the Plan deals with cross boundary provision and recognition that it already contains a substantial level of inward migration.
30th July 2013
In October 2012, Rushcliffe Borough Council submitted part 1 of its Local Plan (the Rushcliffe Core Strategy), to the Secretary of State for Public Examination. The Inspector appointed to assess the soundness of the Core Strategy raised concerns on a number of issues, in particular the housing strategy and the approach to reviewing the Green Belt. An exploratory meeting was held in January 2013 in order to discuss her concerns, and a technical meeting was held in April 2013 to agree the scope of additional work required as a result of these concerns.
2nd July 2013
Lichfield District Council to modify Local Plan so that it complies with national policy, preserve existing Green Belt boundaries and removing any suggestion that they will be changed in a later document.
26th June 2013
Inspector Robert Yuille is conducting an examination of the Local Plan for Lichfield District. Public hearings are taking place over the next twelve days starting Monday 24/June. Mr Yuille will determine whether the Local Plan is “sound” and whether it complies with all the legal requirements.
24th June 2013
Lichfield District Council has spent over six years drawing up a Local Plan which will shape how Lichfield District will develop up to 2028. This includes deciding on how many houses are needed, how many jobs will be created and how the roads and railways will cope. Importantly it must say how much money is needed and who will pay for it.
20th June 2013
Two further ‘duty to cooperate’ concerns have been identified by the Planning Inspector examining the Lichfield District Council Local Plan. The points for discussion at next week’s hearing session, starting Monday 24th June 2013, fall under Matter 1 – Duty to Cooperate.
North Warwickshire meets its Duty to Cooperate
11th June 2013
In a letter to North Warwickshire Borough Council’s Forward Planning and Economic
Strategy Manager, the Planning Inspector examining the Local Plan concluded he was satisfied the borough had met its legal requirement with regard to the duty to cooperate.
2nd June 2013
The planning inspector examining the North Warwickshire Borough Council Local Plan has announced a preliminary meeting for 10am Wednesday 5th June 2013. The hearing will consider whether the Borough Council has discharged its Duty to Co-operate under S33A of the Localism Act 2011.
8th May 2013
The Planning Inspector examining the Lichfield District Council Local Plan has raised four issues which focus on the duty to cooperate. The Issues raised by Robert Yuille, the Inspector who examined and consequently recommended Coventry City Council’s plan be withdrawn, are as follows:
20th March 2013
Coventry City Council has been forced to withdraw its local plan after Government Inspector, Robert Yuille, found it to be unsound due to a failure to fulfill its duty to cooperate on housing numbers with neighbouring local authorities. The situation in Coventry was highly unusual in that the Council withdrew a Core Strategy that was found sound in 2010.
19th March 2013
Tamworth Borough Council have withdrawn its Local Plan 2006-2028 in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 27 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.