Twelve Twenty One Planning Services approached RA to promote the Woods Farm site in Shirley as a Strategic Urban Extension (SUE) for up to 750 units, through the Solihull Local Plan Review.

The landowner had become disillusioned after receiving numerous approaches from large PLC housebuilders and wanted to retain control of the process.


Rickett Architects worked with the landowners and other consultants to secure the allocation in the Local Plan. This has involved co-ordinating a very full suite of supporting studies across the entire 140 acre site in order to justify the site’s exclusion from the Green Belt.

Key to this has been the preparation of a detailed Masterplan to demonstrate both the site’s deliverability and that the wider impact upon the Green Belt in this area can be managed and compensated for in such a way that the overall form and function of the Green Belt will be maintained.

Through various iterations and by maintaining open and constructive dialogue with the LPA Policy team and a willingness to contribute to substantial infrastructure studies, a positive position with Solihull Borough Council was achieved.

The RA

The success of this approach is measured not just by the allocation of the site in the Solihull Local Plan Review but also by the fact that this allocation, now entirely on the client’s land, replaces an earlier proposed allocation on adjoining Council owned land. 

This was achieved through Rickett Architects working with the Council to demonstrate the greater sustainability and other wider benefits that could be achieved by relocating the original proposed housing allocation entirely onto the Woods Farm land, while retaining the perceived community benefit of the council owned land for local residents.


Woods Farm, Solihull

Rickett Architects always manage to deliver an innovative yet highly commercial and workable solution to a development site... their schemes stand out from the rest.

Charles Robinson Director, 1221 Planning Services Ltd Warwick

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