DESPITE massive local opposition, a planning application was given the go-ahead last night for the construction of 42 houses on parkland in north Solihull.
Over 1,000 residents have signed three petitions against the development on Lanchester Way, which is proposed as part of the regeneration of north Solihull.
At the meeting of the planning sub-committee on Wednesday night, Coun Mike Sheridan (Smiths Wood, Green) spoke to the committee saying that although there were positives to the application the plan was “deeply unpopular locally”.
Mrs McGuigan, a resident of the area for over 40 years, also spoke to the Councillors detailing residents concerns about the loss of green space.
Councillors themselves raised a variety of issues with the application, with the sole Councillor from the north of the borough on the committee, Coun Don Cornock (Smiths Wood, Labour), saying the application was “ill-conceived”.
However when a vote was taken, the application was passed five votes to four. The four Councillors who voted against the application - Coun Windmill, Coun Hedley, Coun Cox and Coun Cornock - all asked that the names be recorded as having voted against.
After the meeting had finished, Mrs McGuigan said she was “gobsmacked” by the decision.
“What more can people do?” she said.
“They’ve disregarded the petition totally.”