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Homes plan sparks mass protest

OVER 400 people turned out in protest at proposals to build a new estate on a piece of ancient farmland.

OVER 400 people turned out in protest at proposals to build a new estate on a piece of ancient farmland.

Last Wednesday, crowds of Marston Green residents gathered for a silent vigil outside the village hall.

The Pegasus Planning Group want to build 135 houses in Elmdon Road, but locals have pledged to fight the plans every step of the way. Their vigil coincided with a consultation organised by the developer.

A spokeswoman for Marston Green Opposing Overdevelopment (MGOOD) said they were delighted with the turn-out.

“There were more than we hoped for and it sent exactly the message we wanted. It was wonderful to see such a cross-section of the community there.

“We had people from all directions of the village and there was even a group of schoolchildren who started a spontaneous chant.”

MGOOD and local councillors argue that the village doesn’t have the infrastructure to cope with extra housing.

And protesters have also disputed that there is a lack of affordable housing locally.

“At the moment there are 97 homes for sale in the village that cost less than a £100,000. This makes a mockery of claims that there’s a shortage,” said the spokeswoman.

The proposals are expected to go to the planning committee in October or November.

 

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