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New homes given the green light despite massive objection

Plans to build two four- bedroom detached houses in place of a bungalow in Solihull have been given the go-ahead, despite a raft of objections from the local community

Plans to build two four- bedroom detached houses in place of a bungalow in Solihull have been given the go-ahead, despite a raft of objections from the local community.

Lapworth Architects Ltd was given permission at last week’s planning meeting to build the homes in Beaumont Grove, even though residents described the buildings as an ‘over development’ of the area.

They also had concerns over an increase in traffic.

Councillor Stuart Davis (Con, St Alphege) said there is ‘considerable objection’ to the application and described changes made to the plans, following recent planning refusal on the same site, as a ‘tinkering exercise.’

Speaking on behalf of residents objecting to the plans, Coun Davis added: “These residents are not NIMBYs, far from it. But the consideration of two properties on this land is over-development of this site.”

Planning officers said the design and layout of the homes had improved since the last application and the distance between the houses had increased.

Coun Alan Martin (Con, Bickenhill) said he had concerns over the safety of a long standing tree, which stands in front of one of the properties.

Coun Robert Hulland (Con, Silhill) asked for the tree, which is covered by a Tree Protection Order (TPO), to have greater protection, to prevent it being damaged during development.

The committee approved the scheme but agreed to ‘beef up’ one of the conditions to preserve the trees.

 

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