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MP hits out over ‘identical’ plans

LIB Dem MP Lorely Burt expects a “showdown” over the controversial Parkgate scheme.

LIB Dem MP Lorely Burt expects a “showdown” over the controversial Parkgate scheme.

Last week, we reported that developers Shirley Advance had thrown down the gauntlet to council planning chiefs.

They have re-submitted an identical application to the one which was rejected by councillors last month.

“They’ve put in exactly the same application as before, except for a new report by [highway engineers] Arup,” said Mrs Burt.

“It spells out their plans with nice little graphs, as if we’re stupid.”

Shirley Advance has been threatening to appeal to the Government over the issue - which would trigger a public inquiry.

In a letter to council bosses, the developers said that they would look to “recover their costs” by going to the Planning Inspectorate.

But Mrs Burt said it was unclear if the planning committee would be able to approve an application they’d already thrown out.

This week, Councillor Howard Allen (Ind Lib Dem, Shirley West) called for another planning authority to make the decision.

He claimed that Solihull Council had a financial interest in the scheme and shouldn’t have the final say on the proposals.

Councillors had voted by a majority to thrown out the Parkgate application because of concerns about parking.

A Shirley Advance spokeswoman said that the Arup report would explain, in more detail, how an underground car park would operate.

 

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