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Locals slam plans for 300 new homes

PLANS to build almost 300 new homes in Marston Green would put new strain on village services which are already at ‘bursting point’ say campaigners.

PLANS to build almost 300 new homes in Marston Green would put new strain on village services which are already at ‘bursting point’ say campaigners.

This week, Marston Green Opposing Overdevelopment (MGOOD) warned that there was neither the infrastructure nor services to cope with new arrivals.

Last week, 300 residents crowded into a meeting at the parish hall and over 1,000 people have already signed a petition against the proposals.

Under plans, 120 homes would be built on farmland at the top of Elmdon Road and a further 150 to the rear of Chelmsley Lane.

An MGOOD spokesman said: “Our main fear, apart from the loss of green space, is that everywhere in the village is already full.

“The schools and the doctors are packed and there’s a real problem with the amount of parking spaces that we have.”

The action-group is now calling on Solihull Council to go back to the drawing board and not follow the old housing targets - recently scrapped by the coalition government

Amateur-historian David Baker warned that the proposals would envelop land that has been farmed for centuries.

“I’m very concerned because the land in question has a history dating back hundreds years and I’m prepared to challenge the council.”

Embattled villagers are also concerned by plans to remove the green-belt designation of land off Coleshill Heath Road.

This would open the door to proposals to expand the Birmingham Business Park.

Solihull Council is looking at plans to build 3,000 news homes across various locations - from Chelmsley Wood to Bentley Heath.

At this month’s Full Council meeting, it was agreed the plans should be re-examined before going to public consultation.

 

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