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New homes plan disappoints residents in Smith’s Wood

SMITH’s Wood residents have been left disappointed after Solihull Council approved plans to build 61 new dwellings in the area.

SMITH’s Wood residents have been left disappointed after Solihull Council approved plans to build 61 new dwellings in the area.

As part of the regeneration scheme in north Solihull the new two and three-bedroom houses and apartments will be built around Winward Way, Woodpecker Grove and Blackbird Way.

But as a result seven dwellings in Woodpecker Grove will be demolished leaving the three remaining owner/occupiers aggrieved.

Resident Mrs Stokes spoke at the planning meeting on Wednesday and felt that the regeneration company had not listened to their thoughts.

“Seventy residents didn’t want any demolition from Woodpecker Grove,” she said.

“We feel that they have had since 2005 to amend plans which is enough time to design around Woodpecker Grove.

“We welcome new homes if properties are not demolished.

“Some people have lived there for 40 years.”

Mr Julian Buttle spoke in favour of the demolition and said one of the properties was burnt out, with another four currently not in a well-maintained state.

“If we don’t remove these properties it will reduce the impact of the development on the new high street.

“The loss of these properties will have a benefit.”

Both Councillor Jim Ryan and John Windmill felt that the residents needed to be more involved in the consultation process, however they showed their support for the plans.

“The regen company should be engaging with residents, showing them the benefits and working together,” said Coun Ryan.

“Social housing mixing in with houses for sale has got to be good and this development needs to be got on with.”

Six two-bedroom apartments, 36 two bedroom houses and 19 three-bedroom houses will be built in the area.

A total of 28 units are to be social rented units which equates to 48 per-cent provision.

 

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