Plans to build a new housing development on greenbelt land in Chelmsley Wood have been given the go-ahead despite concerns the type of homes on the site will not meet the needs of the community.
Councillors opposing the scheme said at last week’s planning meeting the 56-home development would not only take away valuable open space from the area but would also fail to address the challenges facing Chelmsley Wood residents.
The scheme, for land off Oxford Grove, would consist of one and two bedroom apartments and some three and four bedroom dwellings. Most of the family homes would be available for private tenants.
“I have people contacting me saying they need houses with two or more bedrooms, not flats,” said Councillor Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon).
“The idea of putting flats there is ridiculous, we already have high rise flats in the area. I want to see good quality housing that meets the needs of the local community.”
Coun Nick Stephens (Lab, Chelmsley Wood) described the plan as ‘premature’ and claimed it would lead to losing a precious wedge of green space.
Concerns were also raised at the meeting over a lack of consultation between the builder, Bellway Homes, and Chelmsley Town Council.
Chairman, Coun David Bell, suggested a meeting be organised between the two parties to improve relations.