Birmingham Post

Public to get say on major housing plan for borough

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A BLUEPRINT to build up to 15,000 new homes on sites across Solihull will be subject to a six-week public inquiry.

The Planning Inspectora­te confirmed details of events to debate the council’s Draft Local Plan.

Residents, councillor­s, community groups and developers will be among those set to make their case during a series of public hearings.

Proposed developmen­ts in different parts of the borough will be dealt with on specific dates. Two days have been allocated to discuss the Balsall Common area alone – where six separate sites have been earmarked for new estates.

Under current plans the inquiry will open on Monday, September 27.

Sittings will then continue over the next few months, with the final session expected to wrap up on Thursday, December 9.

A Planning Inspectora­te spokesman said: “We will lead a discussion asking questions of the council and allowing other participan­ts to contribute as the session continues.

“Those participan­ts indicating a desire to speak will be given full opportunit­y to do so. An agenda for each hearing session will be circulated to participan­ts in advance.”

A 29-page summary offers an overview of those issues that the inquiry will want to explore, from the inclusion of particular sites to broader questions around council policy and whether certain obligation­s have been fulfilled.

The inspectors’ findings will shape the final version of the document adopted by the council.

It is intended that the hearings will be a mix of physical and digital sessions.

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