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Fight to save historic site

“KEEP your hands off our land” - that’s the message Marston Green residents have sent developers.

“KEEP your hands off our land” - that’s the message Marston Green residents have sent developers.

Around 400 people packed into a public meeting, organised in response to plans to build on ancient farmland.

There has been concern in the village since plans for the 125-home development were announced earlier this month.

The estate would be built on Moat House Farm, a site with evidence of medieval ridge and furrows.

Marston Green Optimising Our Development (MGOOD) said the turn-out showed the strength of feeling.

“I think everything that we’re doing proves that there’s no appetite for this development,” said a spokeswoman.

“One of the concerns at the meeting was that, as part of the plan, water from a flood plain will be diverted into a brook.

“There’s already a problem with back gardens being flooded and there are real worries this will make things worse.”

The meeting was held at the village hall, a stone’s throw from the proposed site.

Other concerns raised were about congestion, a squeeze on village services and loss of a “precious” green space.

Resident Tessalie Skoczylas argued that the land was a valuable wildlife habitat.

“There is historical quality but there are also diverse species there and if we lose that, we lose something very precious.”

And John Ratheram-Browne said there were worries the application had been lodged before Solihull Council has released the land for development.

It’s understood that the application will go before the planning committee in April.

 

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