Neighbourhood Planning

The next Neighbourhood Planning meeting is to be held on 13th November 2018 at 6.30 pm

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Neighbourhood Planning

Following Cabinet’s approval of Meriden Parish as the designated area for Meriden’s Neighbourhood Plan, the parish council held its inaugural working group meeting on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

What’s in a Neighbourhood Plan?

    • Objectives to meet the vision of the Plan
    • Policies to achieve the objectives
    • Explanatory text to support the policies

Policies can include areas such as:

  • Housing and employment allocations, housing mix to meet community needs
  • Protection of important community facilities and promoting new ones
  • Protection of open spaces, playing fields and greens
  • Drainage and flood prevention
  • High quality design, conservation of historical assets
  • Promotion of walking and cycling routes
  • Protection of allotments and promotion of new growing space
  • Renewable energy and minerals extraction


What is the Neighbourhood Plan?

Find out more …


What’s in it for us?

5 reasons why you should have a Neighbourhood Plan

  • Unprecedented opportunity to make your voice heard through the production of a binding set of planning policies
  • Gives you a lot more influence and control over the development of your area
  • Allows you to develop criteria and choose which sites are allocated for what kind of development and how that development should look
  • Helps you to deliver real, tangible, benefits for your area e.g. new homes for local people and the protection of open spaces for future generations to enjoy
  • Facilitates community cohesion through tackling local issues and aspirations which may otherwise be overlooked by SMBC

Neighbourhood Plans are parish council led but should operate outside of our standing orders. This means that community involvement is essential. The working group will meet monthly and we welcome more residents and local businesses to join us. To find out more, contact the Chair, Cllr Rosie Weaver,of the working group at

For more information on what is a Neighbourhood Plan, click here. You can also read the presentation from our planning consultant here.

Designation of the Meriden Neighbourhood Area

Read notification letter …

Progress so far

In 2014 and 2015 the working group consulted with members of the public on a proposed strapline for our Neighbourhood Plan. ‘Protecting our history, planning our future’ was the most popular. We also asked them to define ‘three things’ they like about Meriden, and ‘three things’ they would change.

You can read the community results here and Meriden pupils of the Heart of England School results here.

In 2015 we received a Locality grant to help us prepare the plan. We consulted further with the public with a survey which was distributed to all households in 2016 and you can read the results here.

In September 2016 we asked the community to take a straw poll on the possible 12 call for sites which could be considered in Solihull’s Draft Local Plan. You can read the results here. At the moment, Solihull Council are proposing just 50 houses on the old garage/caravan site on Birmingham Road and land adjacent to the Firs.

The results of our business survey are now in.  You can read the results here.

Thereafter, we will start to prepare our Draft Neighbourhood Plan which will then go to a community referendum in 2018.