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Blythe Valley Park Public Consultation (Now Closed)

PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT – PROPOSED OUTLINE PLANNING APPLICATION

Construction of Blythe Valley Park started in 1998, with the first building occupied in 2000.

Following the initial development of Phase 1 (Blythe 1) of the Park, outline planning consent was granted for Phase 2 (Blythe 2) in 2006. This consented a further 800,000 sq ft (75,000 sq m) of office development and the extension of the Countryside Park.

The employment land is surrounded by a Countryside Park providing an excellent habitat for wildlife and a quality recreational resource. However, it is acknowledged that, the area currently lacks vibrancy and activity outside the working day.

The Local Plan for Solihull (adopted December 2012), acknowledges the changing demands of the economy and the need for a residential element to “reinvigorate the park by helping support a broader range of on-site facilities, supporting the vitality of the park and accelerating job delivery”

The Plan therefore allocates Blythe Valley Park as an employment and residential site, with the residential development, circa 600 units, to be provided up to 2023.

THE PROPOSALS

Reflecting this, the owners of the Park intend to shortly submit an outline planning application to confirm the parameters of the proposed residential and associated elements.

The Local Plan allocates approximately 12.25 hectares of the Park for residential development, with a density of almost 50 units per hectare.

It is contended that the identified area within the Local Plan for new housing maybe too small and would create an extremely high density development, with a large number of apartments. This would not only be out of keeping with the site’s semi-rural location but could potentially have a greater impact on its surroundings and may lead to associated negative issues.

It is therefore proposed to retain Blythe 1 for employment purposes, whilst developing the Blythe 2 land (which has outline consent for employment development) to provide the required number of residential units. The proposal, over approximately 20 hectares, would allow for a lower density development to be created, with more open green space and off road parking able to be provided. This would help retain the character of the surrounding area. Reflecting this, it is proposed that the previously approved Countryside Park, which envelopes the site, would be retained.

In addition to the provision of residential units, a small commercial centre is proposed which would include ancillary shops and facilities, together with improved recreational facilities. It is currently anticipated that all vehicle traffic, as with the current Park, will use the existing entrance / exit routes onto the A34 (Stratford Road).

Further details are shown on the Consultation Boards below:

YOUR COMMENTS

Two drop in sessions are being held at the Marketing Suite at Blythe Valley Park. The first is on Saturday 26th April (10:00am to 1:00pm) and the second is on Wednesday 30th April (4:00pm to 8:00pm).

The events provide an opportunity to view the concept proposals and for comments to be invited from local business and residents. Representatives from the consultant team will be on hand.

If you are unable to attend the public consultation events please feel free to outline your views using the on-line survey link below.

  • Online Survey Link (Consultation Closed – Link Removed)

All comments are invited by the 11th May and will be considered when finalising the final application submission.

Comments, but no personal information will be recorded in a Statement of Community Involvement which will form part of the formal planning application.