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Fight to prevent development at Babbs Mill

A BATTLE Royale is brewing on a borough housing estate, as the campaign to save a prized piece of green space from development continues to gather momentum.

A BATTLE Royale is brewing on a borough housing estate, as the campaign to save a prized piece of green space from development continues to gather momentum.

Outraged residents are desperate to prevent hundreds of homes being built off Foxglove Crescent in Kingshurst.

They say any development, adjacent to Babbs Mill Nature Reserve, will devastate one of the areas most precious open spaces.

It was created to commemorate the Queens Silver Jubilee in 1977 and 35 years later, as the Diamond Jubilee approaches, residents fear its future is under threat.

Martha Williams, who has lived near the site for nine years, said: I just think theyre going to ruin everything.

We all understood that this site couldnt be built on, now theyre talking about covering it with homes.

Neighbour Philip Richards feared any developer would attempt to pack in homes like sardine.

Even the traffic generated during the building work will be horrendous, with vehicles trying to access the site. One of the main reasons I moved here was because of the lovely view I had looking out over this land.

Last Friday evening, ward councillors and Labour MP Gloria De Piero visited Foxglove Crescent to lend their support.

In my own constituency I know how precious these open spaces are to people in the community, the Ashfield MP told us.

Coun David Jamieson (Lab, Kingshurst & Fordbridge) added: The thing is, would this be allowed in Dorridge or Balsall Common?

Would you see plans being drawn up to build houses on part of Dorridge Park? Its crazy.

Solihull Councils ruling Conservative group, who have compiled the list of local sites that could accommodate new homes, have acknowledged Babbs Mill is unique.

But its likely the uncertainty about the site will continue until Solihulls Local Plan is finalised later this year.

 

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