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Fears over trees halts housing development

Solihull Council has instructed developers to halt work on a new housing development after the police were called following fears protected trees had been torn down.

Solihull Council has instructed developers to halt work on a new housing development after the police were called following fears protected trees had been torn down.

While the council has confirmed there has been no unauthorised work carried out on trees with Tree Protection Orders (TPO) at the Aqueduct Road site, the authority has asked for no further work to take place until protection measures have been put in place.

Police officers attended the Aqueduct Road site – which has been earmarked for 200 new homes – on Tuesday after being contacted by local campaigner Paul Chambers.

Mr Chambers, a member of SPLAT (Solihull People’s Action Team), a local action group set up to oppose the housing development, said: “I called the police because I had fears for people’s safety – none of the roads appear to have been closed to make way for the tree felling. Someone was going to get seriously hurt. I noticed they were chopping some of the trees down on Monday and then they took down a big one on Tuesday, which is when I contacted the police,” he added.

Developer Persimmon Homes was granted planning permission by Solihull Council last year for the development of 200 homes on Aqueduct Road, despite concerns the houses would be built on flood-prone land.

A police spokeswoman confirmed an officer attended Mr Chamber’s home at Eversleigh Court, Aqueduct Road on Tuesday. “This is an ongoing dispute and we referred Mr Chambers on to the council.”

A council spokeswoman added: “Whilst there is currently no reason to believe that any of these works were unlawful, the council has recommended that no further works take place until tree protection measures have been put in place around trees identified for retention.”

No one from Persimmon was available for comment.

 

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