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Fight for Marston Green not over yet

A DEVELOPER has challenged a decision by the Planning Inspectorate to throw out plans to build a new estate in Marston Green.

A DEVELOPER has challenged a decision by the Planning Inspectorate to throw out plans to build a new estate in Marston Green.

Only six weeks ago, residents were celebrating the news that the Sandstone Group had been thwarted in its attempt to build more than 70 homes in leafy Elmdon Lane.

Plans for the estate were first lodged last year and twice rejected by council planning chiefs.

This prompted Sandstone to appeal to the Inspectorate, who upheld the local authority's original decision.

Now the developer has challenged the Government's decision - which was reached by Inspector Robert Luck after a lengthy public inquiry.

Arguments for and against the proposals could now be thrashed out in the High Court.

Residents were this week described as being "resigned" to the fact the battle might drag-on until next year.

Linda Poulson, spokesman for Marston Green Opposing Overdevelopment, said: "I think in the last year or so we have realised that Sandstone are determined.

"We were surprised by the Inspectorate's decision earlier this year and I think that Sandstone were surprised too - which is probably why they have challenged it.

"At the next stage there's nothing we can do ourselves - the battle will be between the developers and the Inspectorate. But we trust that the Inspector has made the right decision and we think the courts will agree."

Both Solihull Council and the Inspectorate ruled that people who moved into new homes would suffer a poor quality of life if Birmingham International Airport extended its runway.

Martin Fitzpatrick, managing director of the Sandstone Group, said: "We feel the planning inspector has made the incorrect decision.

"We will be carrying on and on with this site, this is just another stage and we will get there in the end."

 

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