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Bitter locals slam pub homes plan

PLANS to knock-down a pub and replace it with retirement homes will “rip the heart out Hockley Heath”.

PLANS to knock-down a pub and replace it with retirement homes will “rip the heart out Hockley Heath”.

Four hundred people have signed a petition against the proposals to put 30 flats where the Nags Head now stands.

They fear that the Stratford Road development will cause parking problems and strangle the trade of nearby small businesses.

Solihull Council’s planning committee was due to consider the application, by the Hanover Housing Association, on Wednesday.

David Cox, of Hockley Heath Residents’ Association, said that the community was furious about plans: “We’re disgusted that Solihull Council has supported an application which will be detrimental to the whole village,” said the 78-year-old.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and ward councillors (for Dorridge & Hockley Heath) are also against the plans.

However, Solihull Council’s planning officers have recommended it for approval.

* Visit www.solihullnews.net for the result of Wednesday’s meeting - a full report will be in next week’s paper.

 

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