I hadn't heard that there was to be a lottery in Solihull. UNless I'm very much mistaken the new law doesn't require LEAs to use lotteries, just allows them to make it one of their criteria. I believe Tudor Grange admissions are currently based on catchment area, with distance one of the later criteria if not oversubscribed from within catchment: this booklet
http://www.solihull.gov.uk/Attachments/ ... cation.pdf
explains in more detail the process for Sept 2008 and has (on p 47) numbers admitted via the various criteria in 2006 - the furthest out-of-catchment child admitted was just over a mile away....
However if it does all change I'm sure it will be controversial and we will hear about it