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Pensioners fight to protect community from Solihull Local Plan.

A COMMUNITY of desperate but defiant pensioners has threatened to put up barricades to stop Solihull’s planning bosses bulldozing their homes.

A COMMUNITY of desperate but defiant pensioners has threatened to put up barricades to stop Solihull’s planning bosses bulldozing their homes.

Residents in Lambeth Close, Chelmsley Wood, fear they face eviction if the Solihull Draft Local Plan is approved by a planning inspectorate this month.

The 14 bungalows and nearby Centurian Pub are named in the plan, which means they could be demolished to make way for new homes. But current residents fear the heart will be ripped out of the close community and have vowed to fight the proposals.

John Bostock, whose home is next to the bungalows, said he was prepared to barricade the street to stop bulldozers rolling in. The 71-year-old said: “There is a clear lack of thought for the older generation here. If this goes ahead, this will mean a lot of disruption for the community.

“The residents are concerned about what will happen to them - they don’t want to end up in tower blocks.”

John vowed to fight the plans for as long as he could. He said: “People have got to stand up and be counted and say enough is enough.

“We should withhold council tax and put up barricades if we have to.”

Bungalow resident Dave Baxter, aged 74, said his neighbours had been a lifeline following spells in hospital.

He said: “I came out and there were meals waiting for me.

“I can’t fault my neighbours, if I didn’t have them I’d curl up in a ball.

“I’ll fight these plans all the way, that’s definite. They’re just not thinking about the elderly.”

A spokesman for Solihull Council said two petitions had been received asking for Lambeth Close to be removed from the Draft Plan, which sets out development goals until 2025.

He said: “The final decision regarding the inclusion of Lambeth Close will be made following consideration by an independent planning inspector who will conduct an independent examination to establish whether the Plan is ‘sound’ and complies with all legal requirements.

“In the case of Lambeth Close, the hearing session is expected on January 23, 2013.”

 

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