Worried Cheswick Green villagers who have been fighting development in their community for 30 years have slammed the council’s plans to site 200 homes in a ‘flood risk’ area.
As part of Solihull Council’s Local Plan, land at Mount Dairy Farm has been earmarked for development - a move opposed by the local community during initial consultations in 2010.
Cheswick Green Parish Council say it is concerned if the area is developed, heavy rainfall could cause flash floods.
The area was thrown into crisis in July 2007 when heavy rainfall caused some properties next to the River Blythe to flood.
Parish Council Chairman Chris Noble said: “It was councillors who approved decisions to build houses next to the river in the 1960s. Councillors decide where future housing is built.
“They are not liable for their decisions nor do they have to clear up after flooding.
“Solihull Council should listen to the views and experiences of local people and follow their own policies. They should remove this site from potential development once and for all.”
The first planned development for the area was in 1980 when Wimpey Homes submitted an application to build 160 houses on the site. The application, which was refused by Solihull Council, went to a planning inquiry and was again refused by the Secretary of State. One of the reasons for refusal was water management and flood risk.
You can still have your say on the Local Plan by going to www.solihull.gov.uk/ldf. Comments should be submitted by 5pm on March 5.