A PETITION signed by over 1,000 concerned residents opposing the development of new houses in Castle Bromwich was presented to Councillor Mike Sheriden yesterday (Thursday).
However the company behind the north Solihull regeneration projects dismissed petitioners concerns saying that they have the support of most of the residents.
As part of the north Solihull regeneration, Solihull Council are planning to build a number of new houses, believed to be between 50 and 70, at the top end of Lanchester Way.
But residents are worried because the new buildings will take away some of Lanchester park, meaning two full-size football pitches will be lost as a result.
Solihull Council confirmed the new houses would cover a quarter of the land but improvements would be made to the remaining park and play areas.
Deborah McGuigan from nearby Armstrong Way feels that additional houses in the community will increase the demand for recreational space, in an area already lacking in that department.
"More families will come in and need places to park and play, but there won't be much available to them."
"Lanchester Way just cannot cope with all this."
Janet Bradbury, a project director from the project said:
"We carried out extensive consultation across the area and the results of the consultation show that the majority of local residents do support our overall proposals for Lanchester Park.
"Many residents, including over 300 children and young people told us what play equipment they would like to see in the park and most people we spoke to supported these proposals."