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Solihull Council has published a Summary of Representations to the Draft Local Plan Review (Supplementary Consultation). This was reported to Cabinet Members on 18th July 2019. The summary of representations document provides an overview of all of the comments submitted and is arranged by question or site reference. This document can be found here

A paper copy of the ‘Summary of Representations’ will also be available to view in Solihull Council’s libraries and walk-in centres during normal opening hours.

Solihull Council will use the outcome from the consultation to shape the next version of the plan. This is generally referred to as the ‘submission draft’. It is the version of the plan that Solihull Council intends to submit to Independent Examination. Before being submitted for examination it will be subject to further consultation. It is the representations made at this later stage that will be the focus of the Examination.

Solihull MBC will consider whether and to what extent the timetable for the local plan review needs updating in light of the representations made. Any change to the timetable will be published on the main Local Plan Review pages at


Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) will be attending the Parish Council Environment Meeting tomorrow (Wednesday 10th July 2019) at 1.30 pm in the Pavilion. TfWM will be able to discuss the proposed route and timetable changes. Members of the public are always welcome to attend and discuss issues. You have until 17th July 2019 to comment on the proposed route and timetable changes.


Message from West Midlands Police on measures to take to tackle knife crime.

If you have young family members or friends please share this message this message with their parents/guardians to help us to tackle knife crime.
Thank you.

Let us help you talk to your child about knife crime now. Did you know?

Just 30 seconds can change a life.
Knife crime in the West Midlands isn’t a gang issue.
If you carry a knife, you’re 51 per cent more likely to have it used against
Last summer the West Midlands Police Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner pledged that officers would have conversation with
every child about knife crime. A year on and we are still dedicated to that
pledge and talking to your children, but we would like you to back us in
having that conversation at home too.

We want to help you do that… Watch our short video of local parent’s Mark and Beverly Brindley whose son James
was stabbed by a teenager, giving simple tips on having that conversation.

Explore our new #LifeorKnife site, which is full of helpful tips and information for both you and your child.

Look at our simple 10 step image on
how to have a conversation with your child.

Remember you can talk to us on our webchat us or report anonymously through CrimeStoppers
Together we can all tackle knife crime and keep our children safe over the

Proposed Bus Service Changes from 1st September 2019 – A7/A8 and A3

TfWM are proposing to change the Landflight bus service to Hockley Heath from 1st September 2019 following customer and Parish Council feedback. You can view the changes here:

The changes proposed are for the A7/A8 to connect Hockley Heath to Knowle (also maintaining the connection to Solihull town centre). The A3 would no longer serve Hockley Heath.

There are also timetable changes which can be viewed by clicking on the above link.



Speed Monitoring Data for School Road (November 2018)

Solihull Council recently forwarded the results of the speed monitoring and vehicle flow for School Road, carried out over a 7 day period commencing on 6 November 2018.

The data shows that the average speed recorded in the proximity of the school was 26 mph. The percentage of vehicles travelling 35 mph and over was 6.9% , with 0.3% of vehicles travelling in excess of 45 mph.

To view all the data click on the link below:

The Parish Council will continue to work with SMBC to reduce speeding in the Village.

Interested in Standing as a Parish Councillor and Making a DIFFERENCE in your Community?

What do Councillors do?

Councillors have three main components to their work.

1. Decision making – Through meetings and attending committees with other elected members, councillors decide which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered and what policies should be implemented.

2. Monitoring – Councillors make sure that their decisions lead to efficient and effective services by keeping an eye on how well things are working.

3. Getting involved locally – As local representatives, councillors have responsibilities towards their constituents and local organisations. These responsibilities and duties often depend on what the councillor wants to achieve and how much time is available, and may include:
• Going to meetings of local organisations such as tenants’ associations.

• Going to meetings of bodies affecting the wider community.

• Taking up issues on behalf of members of the public.

• Running a surgery for residents to bring up issues.

• Meeting with individual residents in their own homes.

Contact the Clerk at to find out more about the role of a Councillor at Hockley Heath Parish Council. WALC also has a brief guide on the Parish Council elections and the role of Councillors as follows:

The Parish Council of Hockley Heath has been able to take decisions to improve the village, here are just a few of the actions taken:
– extra security at the recreation ground- resurfacing areas of the park car park

– purchasing new play equipment for children and teenagers – planting daffodils in the recreation ground

– working with SMBC to obtain speed monitoring cameras- providing grants to community groups

– making repairs and internal decorations to the Pavilion- obtaining grants to purchase a defibrillator

– approving the installation of broadband in the Pavilion- working with SMBC to improve the local environment

– working with the Gardening Club, Residents’ Association and the Hockley Heath Social Club to enhance the village through tree planting and Christmas lighting

Local Parish Councillors are needed to continue making decisions on how the precept is spent within Hockley Heath to improve the village for all residents. All training will be provided for elected Councillors. Prospective candidates must submit nomination papers to SMBC between 26th March and 3 April 2019.

Parish Council Elections – 2nd May 2019

The Parish Council elections are fast approaching. There are 5 Councillor seats on Hockley Heath Parish Council; all will be available for interested candidates. If 5 candidates or less stand then there will be an uncontested election with all candidates being automatically elected without a vote. If 6 candidates or more stand then there will be an election on 2nd May 2019.


To be eligible to stand as a candidate at a Parish Council election in England you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be a British citizen, Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union
  • be at least one of the following four qualifications
    • you are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector in the parish in which in which you wish to stand
    • you have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the last 12 months
    • your main or only place of work during the last 12 months is in the parish area in which you would like to stand.
    • you have lived in the parish, or within three miles of it, during the whole of the previous 12 months

To view the rules of qualification and disqualification of candidature please click on the link below:

If you would like to stand as a Councillor for Hockley Heath Parish Council you will need to submit nomination papers to SMBC. All candidates must be proposed and seconded by 2 residents within the Parish, listed on the Electoral Register for Hockley Heath. The proposer and seconder will need to insert their elector number and polling district on the candidate’s nomination papers. Elector numbers and polling district numbers can be obtained from the Clerk to Hockley Heath Parish Council, or by visiting the library at The Core, Solihull, where the Register of Electors can be viewed.

Prospective candidates can obtain nomination forms from the Council House in Solihull or by using the link below (the forms can be printed):

The important dates to to remember are:

Notice of election – 25th March 2019

Submission of nomination papers – 26th March – 3 April 2019

Closing date for nomination papers – Wednesday 3rd April 2019, 4 pm. Nomination papers received after 4 pm on 3rd April 2019 will be rejected.

Withdrawal of nomination – Wednesday 3rd April, 4 pm.

All nomination papers must be hand-delivered to Electoral Services, Council House, Manor Square, Solihull, B91 3QB.

For more information on Parish Council elections please visit SMBC’s website:

Hockley Heath Spring Clean – 22nd March 2019

Thank you to all the volunteers who took park in the March village spring clean, in conjunction with SMBC’s Love Solihull campaign. Litter and fly tipped items were collected on 22 March 2019 by an army of local residents. The village is looking much tidier.

Thank you to the Miller and Carter for providing refreshments and the Wharf Tavern for providing sandwiches and refreshments to all volunteers.


The Parish Council met on 21st February 2019 and agreed the following response to the consultation:

Q19. Do you agree with the infrastructure requirements identified for Hockley Heath, if not why not, or do you believe there are any other matters that should be included?

The infrastructure within Hockley Heath is not sufficiently capable of supporting a development of this size; 100 homes is a 12% increase (approximately).

Paragraph 189 (p37) refers to regular bus services connecting Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. This is not the case, the X20 service terminates at Shirley and does not serve Birmingham. TfWM, following a consultation, has changed the bus service route and as such the service from Hockley Heath to Solihull and Dorridge station is effectively reduced to an hourly service due to timetabling, irrespective of this being a circular route. Access to rail services is limited; over 2 miles away.

Hockley Heath does not have a large range of shops and there are no medical facilities (Doctors or Pharmacy) within the Village.
The local primary school does not have the capacity to accommodate the potential numbers of children from 100-150 properties (should sites 49 and 328 also be released from the green belt).

The NP survey, published in June 2018, had 87% of respondents indicating it was very important for highway changes to School Road to prevent excessive vehicle use arising from additional Blythe Valley Park development (it was accepted that this will be used as a short-cut). This finding was in advance of any consultation associated with the release of green belt land on School Road. The A3400 is used as a diversion for both the M40 and M42 and as such Hockley Heath experiences frequent congestion along the A3400 and connecting routes, with School Road being used to bypass congestion on the A3400.

Hockley Heath, and specifically the A3400, suffers from regular ponding following even moderate sustained rainfall. HHPC is engaging with Severn Trent Water and SMBC Highways to identify improvement works across the entire system (from storm drains to river outlet) but there is clear evidence that the drainage infrastructure in the Village is struggling.

There are pockets of Hockley Heath which still do not have access to “super fast” broadband and there have been reports from residents of poor water pressure in areas of the Village.

Q20. Do you believe that Site 25 land south of School Road should be included as an allocated site, if not why not? Do you have any comments on the draft concept masterplan for the site?

Hockley Heath Parish Council do not believe that Site 25 should be included as an allocated site.

School Road is a minor road and experiences congestion around the school. Local residents frequently inform the Parish Council of excessive speeding and safety concerns. In respect of suggestions that any future development could improve Hockley Heath Academy drop off and collections, we would point out that the development is on the other side of the busy School Road and we do not accept that the risks associated with additional children crossing the road offset the negative aspects of the release of the land. The existing volume and speed of traffic will be further impacted by BVP. School Road is also prone to flooding which has not been addressed within the draft consultation documentation. The road also lacks a footpath at the location of the proposed site 25 development.

In the Summer of 2018 the Parish Council ran a survey across the village in support of the Neighbourhood Plan. The survey received an excellent response rate for a survey of this type (50% of the village responded) and its findings will form a key element of the forthcoming Neighbourhood Plan. Our response to this consultation should be viewed as being informed by representative data from the village as a whole. The survey found:

a) 87% of respondents indicated it was very important for highway changes to School Road to prevent excessive vehicle use arising from additional Blythe Valley Park development. This finding was in advance of any consultation associated with the release of green belt land on School Road and potential housing.

b) the top priority in terms of the natural environment was to protect the views of green belt land and green spaces from inappropriate development (92% of residents).

c) 69% of residents felt that School Road should be protected from development (the highest response).

The draft concept masterplan for the site indicates a density of housing out of proportion to the village as whole.

Q21. Do you have any comments to make on potential changes to the Green Belt boundary north of School Road that would result in the removal of the ‘washed over’ Green Belt from this ribbon of development?

HHPC does not support the potential changes to the Green Belt boundary and would be very concerned if the release of Site 25 (circa 100 units) also led to the release of additional ‘washed over’ sites with a potential further 50 dwellings being built on School Road in the future. It would have been helpful had the consultation document detailed the existing green belt boundary and the proposed new green belt boundary.