Planning is probably the subject which I have spent the majority of my time as a Councillor working on (and I’m not even on the planning committee).
I have drafted some quick reference points below on permitted development rights, this is where you can make improvements to your home without requesting planning permission from your local authority (http://www.solihull.gov.uk/planningservices/default.htm)
Class A— Extensions Online Miniguide
Total not to exceed 50% curtilage (excluding original house but including outbuildings). Not to exceed height highest part of the roof. Eaves height not to exceed eaves height of original house. Must not project beyond principal elevation/side elevation if that elevation fronts a highway. If height of eaves exceeds 3m, must be 2m from boundary. Rear extensions:- Single storey — no more than 4m projection from rear wall on detached house, 3m any other. No more than 4m in height. Two storey + — no more than 3m projection and must retain 7m to opposite boundary. Side extensions: No more than 4m in height, single storey only, no more than half width of original house. Roof pitch to match existing on two storey + extensions. Restrictions: No verandas, balconies or raised platforms (a raised platform is anything over 300mm in height). Any windows in upper floors/ roof slope in the side elevation to be obscured glazed and non-opening to a height of 1.7m above internal floor level. Materials to be similar to existing dwelling (apart from conservatories).
Class B— additions or alterations to roof Online Miniguide
Not to exceed highest part of roof. Not to extend beyond plane of roof slope which forms principal elevation of dwelling and fronts a highway. No more than 40m3 (terrace). No more than 50m3 (any other). Other than hip-gable enlargements should maintain 20cm to eaves of original roof. Restrictions: No verandas, balconies or raised platforms (a raised platform is anything over 300mm in height). Any windows in upper floors/ roof slope in the side elevation to be obscured glazed and non-opening to a height of 1.7m above internal floor level. Materials to be similar to existing dwelling (apart from conservatories).
Class C— any other alteration to roof Online Miniguide
Alteration must not protrude more than 150mm beyond plane of roof. Must not exceed highest part of roof. Restrictions: Any windows in upper floors/ roof slope in the side elevation to be obscured glazed and non-opening to a height of 1.7m above internal floor level.
Class D—Porches Online Miniguide
No more than 3m2, no more than 3m in height, no less than 2m to any boundary with highway.
Class E— Outbuildings, enclosures, pools and containers Online Miniguide
Total not to exceed 50% curtilage (excluding original house but including extensions). Must not come forward of principal elevation of property. Single storey only. No more than 4m in height for dual pitched roof, no more than 2.5m in height within 2m of boundary and no more than 3m in height in any other case. Height to eaves no more than 2.5m. Capacity of containers not to exceed 3500 litres. Restrictions: No verandas, balconies or raised platforms (a raised platform is anything over 300mm in height).
For further reading please see the Solihull Council guide Solihull Council Online guide to planning
Hi, this is my first post since taking up the position as a Councillor in Solihull, voted in by 1,686 wonderful people from Shirley South; that is some 38.8% of the vote and of that, I am very proud.
I have decided that even though it was over a month ago (6th May), my first blog would be about being voted in and I will follow with updates of Councillor activity once this subject has been put to print.
so here goes…
On the day of the election I was terribly nervous to walk into my local primary school and vote for myself but I proudly took the ballot paper and attempted to burn into my memory the sight of seeing my name and address and my big cross next to it (there would be no need for this, as I was soon to discover).
Later that day I took a call from an existing Conservative Councillor for Shirley Gary Allport, who had acted as my mentor through the campaign. The call was frightfully encouraging, Gary believed there to be not much in it from what he was led to believe; so I was instructed to pick him up the following morning so we could together drive to the official count and watch the devoted counters pile up the ballot papers.
I woke early and off I went, picking up Gary along the way (his lovely wife Gail joined us, reminding Gary do comb his hair in the car). Gary was so excited, and he wasn’t even up for election. At the count, we sat and watched the counters pile up vote after vote, I saw ticks, crosses, circles and all sorts next to my name, I saw plenty of ticks and crosses next to my competitors names too.
After what seemed like an eternity the count was over, it looked 50/50 between Tim (the LibDem guy who was up for re-election) and myself, with a few others having much smaller piles.
In the end we were called up to hear the result, I had some 1,687 votes and Tim had 1,492. They demanded a re-count – why I will never know – so we sat and watched it all over again! In the end I won by almost 200 votes 1,686 to 1,494. This was a 4.4% difference, poor Tim! I wished him luck in the future and got busy watching Gary’s attempt to contain his desire to breakdance all over the sports hall. I immediately thanked my agent Paula who had done a wonderful job, without her and Gary, I would have no blog to write.
After listening the the Chief Executive of Solihull Council Mark Rogers announce the vote results officially, signing the book, having my photo taken all of us blue ribbon Tory winners went off to a pub (a Shirley South pub) the Woodmans for a celebration.
I hope it isn’t my last celebration in my 4 years in elected office, and I hope it isn’t my only 4 year stint!
Cllr Peter Doyle
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For full results of the 2011 Solihull Local elections please see link – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solihull_Council_election,_2011