It’s hotting up in Birmingham, with the summer’s weather only partly to blame. A two-year planning battle to award an 80-acre plot in south Birmingham between FPCR Environment and Design (on behalf of Bloor Homes) and Birmingham City Council has been finally settled.
Following dissatisfaction with South Oxfordshire District Council’s Local Plan, the authority has revised the Plan and is set to approve changes to it this week. Read more to see the five changes put forward to the council.
The creation of regional authorities with metro mayors in regions such as the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, and the West of England to name but a few was designed to kick start a devolution revolution.
Susie Caney is an account executive in our East Midlands office. Recently we found out that she is involved in the charity Friends of Chernobyl. It’s such a great cause and we will be working with Susie to donate provisions for the visiting children to bring back with them to Russia.
At a time when political predictions have become almost obsolete and unintended consequences reign supreme, it may be time for our current elected representatives to take stock and finally find some middle ground. In the absence of the DeLorean to smooth out prior mistakes, sensible heads must prevail.
Embarking on a Neighbourhood Plan is not a task for the faint-hearted. It takes commitment, but with that the reward for the village should be a stronger voice in shaping future development proposals, along with a larger portion of CIL contributions for community projects.
Last week, MPC were delighted to co-host a breakfast briefing with Strutt and Parker to map out the political power shifts in the Eastern region following the Local Elections and explain what it all means for the planning.