PLANS set down for a new social housing development in Chelmsley Wood have been described by one councillor as the ‘ugliest [she] has ever seen.’
The proposal, from Bellway Housing, to build 15 apartments at the former Bluebell Pub on Yorkminster Drive were given the green light at last Wednesday’s planning meeting.
While Councillor Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) agreed there was a need for more social housing in the area, she added: “They are the most ugly set of buildings I have ever seen and I would be ashamed to give my backing to a building like that. I don’t understand why, just because it is social housing, we have to make it look ugly.”
But other committee members leapt to the defence of the design and stressed the need for more homes in the area.
Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill said: “I remember the site when it was a pub and it wasn’t a pleasant place. This has got to be an improvement.”
He told the chamber that there are 7,000 people on the council’s housing list, waiting to be rehomed: “There are people who need homes now, as we speak. We need to approve this application, get it built and get these people into a home.”
The application was previously refused by the planning committee and the developer agreed to reduce the number of homes from 18 to 15.