A ‘garden grabbing’ scheme planned for a residential area in Elmdon has been thrown out by planners - much to the relief of its 150 objectors.
The plans submitted to Solihull Council would have seen the demolition of garages in Ebrington Avenue to make way for a three bedroom home.
Speaking at a packed planning meeting last Wednesday, local resident and spokeswoman for the objectors, Sue Saunders, described the plans as ‘garden grabbing.’
“I am speaking on behalf of 150 people who object to this planning application,” Mrs Saunders said.
“This is a site where there are 20 garages surrounded by bungalows. These garages are still needed in the area.
“Thirty-four bungalows will be affected by this one house and if this scheme is approved, gone forever will be the peaceful environment that this community has enjoyed for many years.
“This property would be overbearing on the surrounding homes and we will lose our privacy - there will be nowhere we can sit in our garden where we are not over looked.”
Also speaking on behalf of the residents, Councillor Martin Hewings (Lib Dem, Elmdon) stressed the need to keep the garages, saying there were 46 properties without their own.
“Too small, too cramped and a poor design for the area. It just does not fit in,” Coun Alan Martin (Con, Bickenhill) concluded
Coun Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) said she has always been a champion for more affordable homes in Solihull but the plans did not fit the 1950s design of the existing bungalows.