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The Meriden Gap is a mostly rural area located in the West Midlands between Solihull and Coventry. It serves as a part of the wider West Midlands green belt, and separates the latter from the large West Midlands conurbation, which includes Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The 'Gap' takes its name from the village central to the area, Meriden, although the largest settlement is the small town of Balsall Common.

The majority of the gap falls within the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull with a small amount falling within Warwickshire and some of the northern part being in the Metropolitan Borough of Coventry. Other villages and hamlets within the gap include Hampton-in-Arden, Berkswell, Barston, Temple Balsall, Eastcote, Bradnocks Marsh, Millisons Wood, Pickford Green and Corley Moor.

The gap is largely covered by the Meriden parliamentary constituency.

Urban pressureEdit

The area is under pressure from housing and business developments in the surrounding urban areas.

The planned expansion[1] of Birmingham International Airport outlines the need for construction upon the greenbelt to allow the expansion to happen. Despite opposition[2] to the expansion plans, the proposal was granted approval. A motorway service area between J3a and J7 on the M42 motorway has been proposed on several occasions.[3] The Government has called in the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy Phase Two Revision as it does not believe that this will provide sufficient housing to meet predicted demands, which may also lead to additional housing being built on green belt.


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Coordinates: 52°24′N 1°39′W / 52.40°N 1.65°W / 52.40; -1.65