Solihull and Meriden Liberal Democrats are concerned that Conservative Government proposals to shake up planning laws will leave Solihull and Meriden residents in an adverse situation and with no voice.
Plans proposed include extending the current Permission in Principle to major development leaving residents unable to comment on development in their areas including large developments, lifting the small sites threshold so that developers do not need to contribute affordable housing until over 50 proposed houses - reducing the number of affordable housing in Solihull and Meriden and making it even harder for people to get on the housing ladder locally, and reducing the requirement for infrastructure funding for schools and GP Surgeries.
The housing industry has warned that the planned changes could reduce affordable housing by a fifth and could lead to modern "slums" and drainage issues. Housing charity Shelter has warned that under these proposals affordable housing could "become extinct".
We welcome new homes in the borough but desperately needed affordable homes must be delivered, suitable infrastructure put in place for large developments, and residents must be allowed a voice.
To the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council,
We, the undersigned, object to these planned changes to planning law currently under consultation until October 2020 and would like our signatures to be registered as consultation responses in objection.