The spectre of a new town-sized development “around Balsall Common” looms as Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council considers the content of the Greater Birmingham Strategic Housing survey final report.
The report highlights the settlement as one of four potential locations for major housing development to tackle the national housing crisis and now also sits against the backdrop of National Government’s aggressive new plans to solve the housing crisis.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has spoken belligerently about local Planning Authorities failing to keep up with demand:
“At the moment there is nothing in the system that checks to see they are actually delivering. There’s no comeback or sanction and that is going to change.”
Javid told The Guardian newspaper:
“We have a housing crisis in this country. We need a housing revolution. The new rules will no longer allow ‘nimby’ councils that don’t really want to build the homes that their local community needs to fudge the numbers.”
Heat Map Showing New Town Development ‘Around Balsall Common’
Greater Birmingham Strategic Housing survey final report
Solihull Council is currently considering a report which highlights Balsall Common as one of four favoured locations for major development in the Greater Birmingham region. It states:
“This area is free from nationally significant constraints.”
It’s a description which suggests there is a strong chance of major development. With National Government’s aggressive new stance on housing policy this will undoubtedly pile pressure on Solihull Council in terms of accommodating the proposals.
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In a report which mentions Balsall Common more than 20 times, here are a selection of notes from the Greater Birmingham Strategic Growth Study: