Neighbourhood Development Plan information can be found at

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Superfast broadband project April Newsletter

To read the April newsletter please click on the link below.

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Neighbourhood Development Plan Meetings

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) will be key in determining planning and development in this area until 2031. It must be in accordance with national and local planning policy and is meant to influence, but cannot dictate, all future planning decisions made by Stratford District Council .

In April you will receive a copy of the Executive Summary of the consultation and a questionnaire. A full copy of the paper and evidence gathered is available at

To allow residents to ask questions of those who have helped draft the NDP two open days are planned by the Parish Council.:

  • 5 May An open day at Earlswood Village Hall 12:00 – 16:00 There will be introductions at 12:00 and 14:00.
  • 14 May An open day at Tanworth Village Hall 10:00 -12:00; 14:00 -16:00 and 17:00 – 19:00.

Earlswood and Forshaw Heath Residents’ Association will hold an open meeting on 21 May in Earlswood Village Hall at 19:45 to discuss the consultation and help to formulate our response.

You will be able to vote on the final version of the plan.

M6 J2 to J4 SMP Closure Programme update

Please note: The closure information below is accurate as of 28/03/2018 and may be subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, but we will endeavour to keep you updated of any changes to the programme.

Tonight’s full closure has now been amended to lane closures and will be in place on the northbound carriageway. There are no overnight planned closures between 29/03/2018 and 02/04/2018 during the Easter period.

Overnight lane closures will be in place from 03/04/2018. Our next full carriageway closure will be in place on 14/04/2018

Lane closures will be installed from 9pm with full closures in place from 10pm, at the earliest. Traffic counts are taken into consideration for all night-time closures so closures may be installed later than 10pm. If the works finish earlier than envisaged, the closure will be lifted prior to 6am.


Date Duration Details Allow an extra Diversion route
14/04/18 10pm – 6am M6 J2-4 northbound full carriageway closure 25 minutes M6 J2-4 Northbound

Gantry removal

Height restriction on A5 due to low bridge. For vehicles over 4.6m / 15ft please use alternative diversion on the A46 and A45

If you have any queries regarding the upcoming closures, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Natalie O’Dwyer

Communications Manager | Balfour Beatty VINCI | M6 J2-4 Smart Motorways Scheme

M: 07971 472517|E: natalie.o’

Balfour Beatty VINCI Joint Venture, M6 J2-4 Project Office , Coleshill Heath Road , off A447 Stonebridge Road , Coleshill  B46 3JB

Working on behalf of the Highways England

Customer Contact Centre 0300 123 5000

Earlswood Village Hall sponsor a seat appeal

To complete the refurbishment of the main hall the committee would like to replace the existing plastic seats with fabric, padded, robust seats for everyone’s improved comfort. The approximate cost will be in the region of £8000.

You or your organisation can help by sponsoring a seat in units of £25 – multiple units can be purchased. Sponsors will be acknowledged on a ‘Roll of Honour’ which will be displayed in the main hall.

If you wish to help, please complete and return the form below.

Seat Appeal

The Future of Housing around Earlswood

The Government is to give Birmingham £100m to build houses that it doesn’t have space for.  A new Birmingham survey indicates that it will be short of space to build 61,000 houses by 2031 and these will be distributed around the surrounding areas.

The survey has demoted the Green Belt around Earlswood and Forshaw Heath to second class Green Belt and proposes two new development strategies for our area – An allocation through “proportionate dispersal” of between 500 and 2,500 houses and a “new settlement” of between 10,000 and 15,000 houses.  This does not take into account the proposition by Solihull MBC of a new “garden village” between Forshaw Heath and Tidbury Green of 3,000 houses, or the 1,000 houses that SMBC has already planned for the Blythe Valley Business Park area that will come right up to the parish boundary.

Stratford District Council say that this won’t happen but the  Strategic Growth Study into the Greater Birmingham and Black Country Housing Market Area suggests a different story.  The attached summary gives further details and will be updated as the picture becomes clearer.

Don’t forget to attend the Neighbourhood Development Plan meetings at Earlswood Village Hall on 5th May and/or Tanworth Village Hall on 14th May to make your points re the future of planning in the parish.  This is now more important that ever.

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2018 Butterfly Survey

Spring is hopefully now on it’s way and the butterflies will soon be on the wing. The Earlswood Wildlife Partnership carries out an annual butterfly survey which shows that 2017 was a much better year than 2016 had been for butterflies but numbers were still not back to the 2014 level so here’s hoping for a good summer in 2018.
If you would like to take part in the 2018 Survey Butterfly Survey, click on the link below

Superfast broadband project March newsletter

To read the March newsletter click on the link below

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Possible closure of Solihul Police Station

The West Midlands Police and Crime commissioner is considering closing Solihull Police Station.  This is our closest station now that Shirley has closed.  Our closest stations within Warwickshire are Leamington Spa and Stratford and we regularly require back up from West Midlands Police in Solihull.

If you would like to object to the proposed closure you can email stating your objections.

There is also a petition at


Superfast broadband project February update

To read the February newsletter click on the link below

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Protect yourself or others from potential harms of online gaming

You are invited to attend this FREE event in Warwick on 26 April to find out more about what you can do to help protect yourself or others from potential harms of online gaming. The event will also look to talk about safeguarding and how to keep young people safe. For more information click on the link below.

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