“PREDATORY” plans for more housing will be the first step to ruining Tidbury Green, a local councillor has claimed.
Pegasus Planning Group unveiled plans to build over 200 new homes on a 56-acre site at Lowbrook Farm, Tidbury Green, in a public exhibition held last weekend.
But Coun Ken Hawkins (Con, Blythe) slammed the developers for attempting to slip the application, and any subsequent appeal, through before the Solihull Local Development Plan is finalised.
“We want development by consent not by planning appeal,” he said.
“A hamlet is the best way to describe Tidbury Green, this would be the first step to ruining it.
“Where are the services for this? We created a Local Plan to specifically cater for the needs of the borough but land in Tidbury Green was dismissed.
“I see this as another predatory type of application where developers are trying to get in a planning application while a Local Plan is being agreed.
“Their land didn’t form part of the plan and this smacks of them trying to buck the system.”
The plans are currently undergoing public consultation and have not yet been submitted to Solihull Council’s planning department but Coun Hawkins pledged to fight any application “vociferously.”
Local resident of nine years Lisa Bayley said she had been “mortified” to learn more houses were being proposed in the area, when it was already difficult to sell many properties in nearby Dickens Heath.
And newly-elected councillor Linda Brown (Ratepayers, Blythe) added that the plans threatened to “swamp a village community” and would erode the countryside between Dickens Heath and the Bromsgrove District into Wythall.
Pegasus Planning Group was unavailable for comment.