Solihull is facing renewed pressure to find space for thousands more homes to help meet the region’s wider housing needs.
The council has suggested it could accommodate 2,000 units to help ease demand in other parts of the Midlands, on top of the 13,000 or so earmarked for Solihull’s own needs.
However, both developers and other local authorities have suggested this figure is “too low” and want to see the borough – two thirds of which is green belt – make a greater contribution.
In fact responses from developers, submitted as part of a recent consultation, suggest Solihull should in fact provide between 4,000 and 6,500 properties towards the region-wide shortfall.
The flood of responses was submitted to Solihull Council after it published its Draft Local Plan – a blueprint for development over the next 15 years.
A huge gulf between the views of local people and others who have had their say demonstrates the difficulties facing the council as it looks to take the document forward.
Hinting that there could be conflict with other councils over how many houses Solihull should provide to ease the burden elsewhere, senior councillors had suggested earlier this year that other issues should be taken into account.
In particular Solihull’s ruling Conservative group believes that the amount of green belt which will be lost as part of the HS2 development should not be glossed over when doing the relevant sums.
A summary of comments received about the Draft Local Plan also highlights the extent of opposition to allowing development on certain pieces of land.