Plans to build over 70 new homes as part of Shirley’s Parkgate scheme have been given the green light by Solihull Council, despite claims the authority should not have made the decision itself.
The proposal to build a mixture of 78 houses and flats on land at Haslucks Green Road, which will form part of the new regeneration scheme for Shirley, was approved at last week’s planning committee.
However the scheme was opposed by some members who said the council should not be discussing the planning application because of its ‘financial interest’ in the Parkgate scheme.
Earlier this month it was revealed, following a Freedom of Information request, that Solihull Council was poised to accept £10.5 million in 2004 for land to be sold as part of the Parkgate development in Shirley.
Referring to the figure, Councillor Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) said: “It is because of this interest that I consider this council should never have considered any application to do with the new heart for Shirley.”
But chairman of the planning committee, Coun David Bell said the £10.5 million is historical and ‘matters have changed considerably.’
While Coun Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) said he took exception to members’ integrity being brought into question, opposition members confirmed they were referring to the council as a whole and not individual members.
Coun John Windmill (Lib Dem, Olton) added that some of the three bedroom homes did not have any additional open space for the occupants.