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Applause greets councillors as Solihull garden grabbing scheme is thrown out

A GARDEN-grabbing scheme, which enraged residents in Widney Manor Road, has been rejected by Solihull Council.

A GARDEN-grabbing scheme, which enraged residents in Widney Manor Road, has been rejected by Solihull Council.

Developers were looking for outline planning permission to build 18 homes in back-gardens.

The scheme had angered neighbours, who felt it would destroy the road’s character.

Young and old alike were at last night’s meeting of the planning committee and burst into applause when they heard the decision.

Local resident Rebecca Hess told the meeting that there were serious concerns about the scheme.

“We do accept that residential development is necessary to ensure that Solihull grows and thrives.

“The question is, is this site appropriate. The view of an overwhelming number of residents is that it is not.”

Coun Joe Tildesley (Con, St Alphege) presented a petition of over 250 signatures and warned that the plans would “dominate and overpower” the street.

Developers had argued that previous developments nearby had already comprised the road’s green-belt status.

But the planning committee disagreed and felt that the loss of green-belt could not be justified.

Councillors voted unanimously to throw out the plans, causing the residents to break into applause.

 

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