Decision details

Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum Result

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet was invited to agree that the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan can be ‘made’ following a successful referendum.


Members were advised that a referendum was held on 6 May 2021, and residents eligible to vote were asked to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following question as set out in the regulations:


Do you want Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Balsall Parish to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?


The Regulations required that if the majority of those who voted in a referendum were in favour of the neighbourhood plan, then the neighbourhood plan must be ‘made’ (i.e. formally adopted as part of the statutory development plan for the Borough) by the Local Planning Authority within 8 weeks.


The Neighbourhood Area had an electorate of 4,770 and turnout was 43.2%. The referendum result showed clear support for the Neighbourhood Plan with a total of 1,796 votes cast in favour and 269 votes against. That equated to 87% voting ‘yes and 13% voting ‘no’’.


The Regulations state that a neighbourhood plan comes into force as part of the statutory development plan immediately after it has been approved at referendum, whether it is ‘made’ or not. However, it must be formally ‘made’ by the local planning authority within 8 weeks.


On receiving the report Members recognised the enormous amount of work which had been undertaken by local communities and Parish Councils to try and help shape their areas and develop the Plan.




(i)  That the result of the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum held on 6 May 2021 be noted;


(ii)  That as a result of a successful referendum, the Neighbourhood Development Plan now forms part of the Borough’s statutory Development Plan be noted; and


(iii)   That it be agreed that, in accordance with the statutory requirements, the Balsall Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan be formally ‘made’.

Report author: Maurice Barlow

Publication date: 18/06/2021

Date of decision: 17/06/2021

Decided at meeting: 17/06/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/06/2021

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