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‘Horrified’ at plan for 1,500 homes

PLANS for new homes could leave Solihull town centre “looking like Manhattan”, a long-standing councillor has warned.

PLANS for new homes could leave Solihull town centre “looking like Manhattan”, a long-standing councillor has warned.

Councillor Kate Wild (Con, St Alphege) is horrified by proposals to put up to 1500 dwellings in the heart of the borough.

This week, the former cabinet member urged people to have their say on the proposals being put forward.

“This really is the most important thing to hit Solihull. It will set the standard for the borough up until 2026,” she said.

“We need people to make their views and opinions known, so we can take evidence to our Lib Dem/Labour masters that this isn’t wanted.”

The emerging core strategy suggests that a maximum of 1500 homes could be put in the town centre.

Coun Wild fears that the only way of fitting that number of homes into such a concentrated space is to build apartment-blocks.

And although a consultation exercise is already underway, she’s concerned that many residents don’t know the scale of the plans.

Leader of Solihull Council, Coun Ian Hedley, recently said that he wanted the town centre to remain “a place of quality and distinction”.

An exhibition will be taking place in Solihull Central Library tomorrow (Saturday), between 11am-3pm.

Residents will be able to go along to look at the plans and make their feelings known.

 

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