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Council warned not to expose themselves to cost over planning rules

PLANNERS have been warned not to ‘over-stretch’ rules, risking a costly appeal, after a controversial housing development in Streetsbrook Road was refused for the fourth time.

PLANNERS have been warned not to ‘over-stretch’ rules, risking a costly appeal, after a controversial housing development in Streetsbrook Road was refused for the fourth time.

Piper Homes application to demolish 503 and 505 Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, and build three flats and six new houses, within two blocks was refused at last week’s planning meeting over concerns about lack of parking, impact on neighbouring trees and properties and ‘cramped’ gardens.

It is the fourth time planners have turned down Piper Homes since 2006, the firm had previously applied for an 11-unit apartment block at the site.

Solihull Council had their decision upheld on both occasions it was taken to appeal.

Coun Peter Hogarth (Con, Silhill), who spoke against the plans on behalf of around 75 residents, said: “It’s another example of developer greed. They were trying to put a pint into a quart pot. With the types of properties on Streetsbrook Road, this would stand out as a regrettable decision. This a success for common sense and residents, but residents remain vigilant.”

Fellow ward councillor Robert Hulland had voiced concern about the risk to rare Golden Rain trees.

“There are only three of these trees in Solihull borough and two of them are on this site,” he told us.

However, Trevor Eames, of Solihull Ratepayers’ Association, warned planners to ensure they did not take any unwise risks which the tax payer could end up paying for. “The planning committee are doing everything they can to get the best possible deal and protect the interests of residents,” he said. “If anything, they’re in danger of stretching the planning guidelines further than they’ll go.

“It could expose the council to costs if not careful, public inquiries are very expensive.”

 

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