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'Premature' plans threaten character of Knowle

PLANS for over 90 new homes in Knowle are ‘too much, too soon’, a local society has warned.

PLANS for over 90 new homes in Knowle are ‘too much, too soon’, a local society has warned.

Miller Homes is currently consulting on proposals to build 91, two and three bedroom homes, on fields off Hampton Road, before they are submitted to Solihull Council.

The 5.8 hectare site is identified as being needed to meet housing requirement until 2028 in the Draft Solihull Local Development Framework, LDF.

But Leighton Jones, chairman of Knowle Society, claims the ‘premature’ development threatens the character and amenities of the village.

“We’re disappointed that the council is supporting development of the site at this stage,” he said.

“While we recognise that it’s listed as a housing site, we’re being asked to have three housing developments potentially going ahead at the same time.”

Plans have already come forward for the two other Knowle locations earmarked for housing in the LDF; Four Ashes Road and Grove Road.

“If all three were built together, the impact on traffic, schools and health services would be immense,’’ added Mr Jones.

“We’re talking of another 1,000 people, ten per cent of the village.

“Everyone tries hard to retain the character of the village but it gets harder and harder.”

Councillor Diana Holl-Allen, (Con, Knowle) said she had reluctantly accepted the Hampton Road plans were needed to meet housing needs.

“We have spent several years now looking at the plans. It’s the best we could come up with.”

But local resident Mike Thrupp condemned the proposals, claiming they would ‘trample over a local, social amenity and valuable green lung.’

“This development is unnecessary and unwanted. In the terms of impact on local infrastructure, the effect would be significant. It would degrade the quality of life round here.”

Have your say on Miller Homes’ plans at knowle@miller.co.uk before Friday October 19.

 

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