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A very well attended Questionnaire Exhibition and Results event was held at St Peter’s Hall on 21st and 22 April 2018. Thank you to all the 250 people who attended and took the time to consider the evidence displayed and give us their feedback.

The Questionnaire Results Exhibition provided attendees with the opportunity to:

  • View the results from the Household Questionnaire (November 2017)
  • View the results from the Business Survey (February 2018)
  • View the proposals from the Village Centre Working Group on changes to the parking arrangements within the Village Centre
  • Indicate which Local Green Spaces they felt should be protected
  • Indicate where Housing should be developed

All attendees were provided with a feedback form requesting comments on the Village Centre, Local Green Spaces and Housing. The forms and information collected from the exhibition have been posted directly to Stratford-Upon-Avon District Council who will provide an independent review.

In addition, attendees were provided with an overview of the ongoing Governance Review and a copy of the SMBC feedback form to complete. All feedback forms completed and submitted during the exhibition were sent directly to SMBC for submission to the Governance Review.

Between  February and May  2018 a series of Focus Group interviews have been taking place with a wide range of organisations in the area to secure a fully representative evidence base. A format for conducting the focus group interviews was developed from advice provided by Avon Planning Service.

Background and work to date

Preparatory work on a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Balsall Parish has been making good progress.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan Committee was created 14 December 2016 for project management and decision making purposes and will lead the preparation of and ensure successful delivery of the Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Terms of Reference can be seen here.

Committee members are Councillors Helen Dean (Chair), Mark Tattum, Will Heard, Christina O’Sullivan and Lee Quinney.

Meetings, held in public, to conduct the formal business of the committee have been scheduled for:

  • 28 September 2017
  • 25 January 2018
  • 26 April 2018
  • 26 July 2018
  • 25 October 2018
  • 24 January 2019

Agendas and minutes can be seen on the Archive page of the website.

There will be a public discussion time at these meetings but it is important that the significant community consultation, engagement and involvement takes place at specific events and meetings for that purpose and at key stages, as well as through social media and email comments at any stage. 

See the Community Engagement and Involvement Plan part of the Balsall Parish NDP 20 September 2017 presentation.

Area Designation and Grant Application

Solihull Council on the 18 July 2017 approved the designation of Balsall Parish as a Neighbourhood Area for the creation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan, a necessary step in the formal process.

An application has been made for the first part of a government grant of up to £15,000 to add to the budget already agreed by Balsall Parish Council. This will provide the resources needed to engage planning and other professionals to develop the Plan with the community and Parish Council. We are working with the Performance, Consultation and Insight Unit at Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Avon Planning Services in these initial stages.

We have also sought Technical Assistance from Locality (AECOM) to support detailed work on assessment of housing needs. This is necessary additional work on housing issues for the Plan, separate from Balsall Parish input to consultation by Solihull Council on strategic housing sites in their Draft Local Plan. See Report from Site Exhibition held 20th August 2016 of potential new housing sites for Balsall Common and Consultation Response to the Solihull Draft Local Plan 15 February 2017.

Household Questionnaire

A highly important element of both information gathering and consultation is the household questionnaire which was delivered to each household in Balsall Parish. This was a key opportunity for each family and resident in the parish to contribute to our evidence base. 38% of households responded and the anonymised returns are currently being analysed for us by Stratford-on-Avon.

Questions on issues and concerns will be wide ranging and include local housing, infrastructure, green spaces, design, Balsall Common centre, public transport, community and sports facilities amongst others. Each household was asked for information about their own housing situation and future needs – this will provide an invaluable update to data in the 2011 Census. 


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