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Developers ready to move on park

Plans to completely transform Lanchester Park and build new housing in north Solihull are one step closer to becoming a reality - despite heavy opposition from neighbours

Plans to completely transform Lanchester Park and build new housing in north Solihull are one step closer to becoming a reality - despite heavy opposition from neighbours.

Councillors agreed to release land for the scheme, providing planning permission is gained.

The council claim much of the scheme has been in direct response to what residents - including children - said they wanted during the consultation period.

But only two weeks ago a petition signed by more than 1,000 concerned residents was handed to Smith's Wood Green Party council-lor Mike Sheridan.

The proposals will include 51 houses with parking spaces, improvements to the park and a traffic calming scheme on Lanchester Way including extra parking.

Residents were worried the new buildings will take away some of Lanchester park land, meaning two football pitches will be lost.

But councillor Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council, said: "I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation. They have been able to influence many aspects of this scheme, which is exactly what we want."

Coun Meeson hoped to reassure residents concerned about losing some of the park space. "Around 1.5 hectares is proposed for development, and the remaining 5.23 hectares will be significantly enhanced.

"The improvements to the park far outweigh any loss."

The proposals will need to gain planning permission before work begins and a planning application from the North Solihull Partnership is expected in the near future.

 

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