Solihull Town Centre Masterplan

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Sep

Solihull Town Centre Masterplan

Aerial view of Solihull Town Centre

Solihull Council is aiming to create a masterplan for Solihull town centre and would like to know the views and opinions of a wide range of people.

The Solihull Town Centre Masterplan will provide a blueprint for future investment and development in the town centre over the next twenty years. It will seek to provide a framework to maximise opportunities, make best use of existing assets, and set out a clear vision for Solihull in 2036 while still retaining the character which makes the town centre so popular.

The consultation will help the Council to understand the existing issues and emerging opportunities in the town centre.

It will enable you, the community, to comment on the draft Masterplan including its focus and direction.

Your feedback will be integrated into the next, more detailed stage of the process to ensure that the Masterplan is representative of the community’s ambitions for Solihull.

Have your say

Please note that the closing date for responses to the consultation is Friday 9 September 2016.

In order to help you complete our survey, please read the below Exhibition Panels which include an analysis of the town centre’s current situation as well as the emerging themes from the Masterplan.

Please fill in our short online survey

If you would like to go into more detail, you can read the draft Solihull Town Centre Masterplan:

  1. Chapter 1 and 2 – Introduction and Planning Policy Review
  2. Chapter 3 – Spatial Audit
  3. Chapter 4 – Market Overview
  4. Chapter 5 – Transport
  5. Chapter 6 and 7 – Engagement & Vision
  6. Chapter 8 – Emerging Concepts
  7. Chapter 9 – Areas of Change

To request a paper version of the survey, please email masterplan@solihull.gov.uk.

Two consultation events will be held in Solihull town centre for members of the public to learn more about the Masterplan and ask any questions they may have:

  • Thursday 25 August from 2pm to 8pm – The Core Studio, Theatre Square
  • Saturday 3 September from 10am to 4pm – Touchwood Shopping Centre (outside Next)

 

What is the Solihull Town Centre Masterplan?

While Solihull is already an attractive town with excellent shopping facilities and employment opportunities, the town centre is made up of large single-use areas, which have little interaction.

At present land use in the town centre is divided between the retail core (the High Street, Mell Square and Touchwood) and commercial areas (along Homer Road and the western edge of Warwick Road) with very few residential areas and significant barriers to pedestrian and bicycle movement.

The Masterplan seeks to address this by:

  • creating areas which have different uses throughout the day and into the evening, and which help to improve the diversity of the town centre offer
  • improving public transport and pedestrian and cycle access to and throughout the town centre
  • provide a visionary but deliverable framework for future development balancing growth, infrastructure investment and the quality of place

This is part of the ambitious UK Central programme which aims to capitalise on Solihull’s central location, its national and international connectivity, and strong links with Birmingham and Coventry, to make it an even more attractive place to live, work and invest in.

In order to realise these ambitions, seven geographic areas for potential change have been identified in the town centre. We’re asking for people’s opinions on the challenges and opportunities that are present in each of these locations.

For more information about the Solihull Town Centre Masterplan please email masterplan@solihull.gov.uk.