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Four Ashes housing development given the green light

Plans for a new housing development in Bentley Heath - previously thrown out because not enough homes had been proposed - have now been given the go ahead

Plans for a new housing development in Bentley Heath - previously thrown out because not enough homes had been proposed - have now been given the go ahead.

Developer Crest Nicholson submitted a proposal for 38 new homes to be built on land off Four Ashes Road in 2011. But following an independent public inquiry last year, the application was refused on the grounds that a greater number and wider variety of homes should be built there.

Members of Solihull Councils planning committee have given the final thumbs up to 44 homes, including three and two and a half storey properties, now being built on the site.

Residents have raised concerns over the new housing estate, arguing that properties will be too over bearing on existing homes and there will be an increase in traffic.

Brian Timmins, who lives in a bungalow close to plots five, six and seven on the site, said at last weeks meeting part of development would overlook his property.

"I am not against the development in principle," he told members.

"It is the layout of plots five, six and seven which is my main concern.

"We will be overlooked from all angles. How would you feel if you were overlooked while you were relaxing in your conservatory? There is a complete loss of privacy."

David Stentaford, a representative from Pegasus (acting on behalf of Crest Nicholson), assured members none of the dimensions between the new homes and existing properties on Browns Lane had been compromised.

Councillor Robert Hulland (Con, Silhill) added: "While I do have sympathy with Mr Timmins, I am hard pressed to find a reason why we cannot approve this application.

"We need more housing in the area."

The development will consist of a mix of two, three and four bedroom homes, part of which will be affordable housing and others offered for sale on the general market.

 

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