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'No hopers' toast stunning victory

CAMPAIGNERS who'd be told there was no point in objecting to a new housing estate that would have devastated their neighbourhood are celebrating a stunning victory.

CAMPAIGNERS who'd be told there was no point in objecting to a new housing estate that would have devastated their neighbourhood are celebrating a stunning victory.

Residents of Marston Green battled for a year to stop the plans, would have seen over 70 homes erected in the back gardens of leafy Elmdon Lane. being built in the middle of their village.

Many residents living in the neighbourhood were horrified by the scheme but say that common sense has prevailed after it was announced that the Planning Inspectorate had upheld a decision by council planning chiefs to throw the proposals out.

Yesterday developers, the Sandstone Group, said that they were considering challenging the decision in High Court.

Battle lines were drawn twelve months ago when the Warwickshire outfit first unveiled their plans to build new homes at the rear of the street.

The community was quick to fight back with Marston Green Opposing Overdevelopment (MGOOD) leading the charge. The final arguments were thrashed out in front of Inspector Robert Luck at the inquiry last month.

Linda Poulson, spokeswoman for MGOOD, said: "We're shocked and delighted - we can't believe we've won.

We didn't expect to hear the decision of the public inquiry for several weeks.

"I remember last autumn when we were told that there would be no point in objecting because the plans would be going ahead. But we did oppose them and have won.

"The news is spreading like wildfire and we've actually had people in tears.

We don't want to sound triumphant we're just relieved."

In his report, Inspector Luck ruled that people living in new homes would suffer a poor quality of life if Birmingham International Airport went ahead with its runway extension.

Councillor Bob Sleigh (Con, Bickenhill) said it was "a logical decision" and boded well for the future A spokesman for the Sandstone Group would not be drawn on the reasons behind the outcome but told the Solihull News it was "extremely surprised and disappointed".

* MGOOD are still waiting for the outcome of a separate inquiry into plans to expand Arlington Business Park.

 

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