Welcome to my first column, I am very grateful to Serena and the team at the Coleshill Post for inviting me to contribute to our great local free newspaper. My plan for this regular column is to keep everyone updated on local council issues from North Warwickshire Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council. If you would like me to write about any specific issue then please let me know. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month I’ve written a summary of some key local issues: House and commercial building plans for North Warwickshire; a public consultation being run by Birmingham Airport about changes to flight paths; two local funding schemes that you can bid for to support local projects; and, I’ll finish off with some interesting news you may not have heard.
North Warwickshire Local Development Plan. Work on the Local Plan continues, the plan has been in development for over a year and will hopefully be formally adopted in Spring 2018. The Plan stipulates where all the residential and commercial development will take place in the borough over the next fifteen years up to 2033. As with all other district councils NWBC has been set a new house approval requirement and ours is 6,800 homes and an additional 40 hectares of new employment land. The current proposals are that this growth will primarily be in Polesworth, Dordon and Atherstone along the A5 corridor with other growth at Ansley Common and Hartshill. There are other smaller local allocations in other settlements including 94 new homes across four sites in Coleshill and 48 in Water Orton on the existing primary school site. Full details of these and all the other allocation sites can be found at the following web page:
The Plan will hopefully go out for a second six-week round of public consultation later this month. I will update you with local dates. Without doubt this Local Plan is the most important document to have been produced by NWBC in the last ten years. Please do try and attend the consultation events and have your say on the plans, and have a look at the draft Local Plan on the internet.
Birmingham Airport Runway 33 Consultation. The airport is currently running a consultation on proposed changes to the flightpath for Runway 33. Runway 33 is basically used by all aircraft that we currently see taking off over Curdworth, Water Orton and Coleshill. The Airport’s plan is to group the aircraft taking off into far tighter air-corridors which means that many of us will have fewer planes flying directly over our homes, but some of us who might be under the proposed new corridor will have far more aircraft flying overhead. The Airport’s preferred route will fly directly over Curdworth and Hams Hall. The consultation documents can be found at the following website:
Public consultation will run until Monday 6th November and a consultation response form is available on the website which can be submitted electronically or in hard copy. If you would like a hard copy of the response form or you want to know more then please contact me.
Funding. A quick reminder that the HS2 Community Benefit Fund and the Warwickshire County Councillor’s Grant Funds are both open for bids. If you have a project in mind that you are interested in bidding for money for, then please let me know and I’ll explain how to submit a bid.
And finally, the interesting news you may not have heard. Did you know that North Warwickshire has come second in the Office of National Statistics annual survey of the happiest places to live in the UK? How good is that? We were second to Craven, which is a district in the Yorkshire Dales whilst the Orkneys came in third. What do you mean you can’t believe that? Have a look at the following website: