SMITH’S Wood locals have joined the growing list of concerned residents opposing plans to build on valuable green land in their neighbourhoods.
Worried Windward Way residents are outraged at plans to build on a much-loved green space on their road, which was recognised in 2002 by Solihull in Bloom.
Developers Bellway Homes have put in a planning application to Solihull Council to build 18 new two- and three-bedroom houses and 16 flats that will be three-storeys high.
The site chosen for the development is Woodlands Green between Windward Way and Chester Road, a green open space used by local children for playing football, for walking to school and by local dog owners for exercising their pets.
Melvyn Richardson who has lived on the road for 14 years is hoping the plans are refused.
“We are very proud of it and it breathes a lot of fresh air into the area,” the 56-year-old said.
“It acts as a cheap chimney that clears away the sight of buildings.
“In the summer, children have picnics there and in November there is always a traditional bonfire.”
Smith’s Wood is already an area of very dense housing and has the lowest level of green space of anywhere in north Solihull.
Equally concerned about the loss of the green space as a sports amenity, and an area for strolling are The Green Party
They believe that green spaces, even small areas near to homes, help to improve health by protecting us from heart disease and strokes.
Councillor Mike Sheridan said that when Smith’s Wood was first built, green space was built in at the right levels for local people.
“It was compensation for the very dense housing,” he said.
“Now, in the name of regeneration, green space is being lost to development. It seems that one by one, we are seeing the best assets of Smith’s Wood being sold off and locals are not seeing an equally positive return”.