A HOCKLEY Heath resident has slammed proposals for a permanent gypsy and travellers site on land near her home.
The homeowner in Warings Green Road received a ‘Neighbours Notification’ from Solihull Council outlining plans for the site - which is currently used by travellers - to include pitches for three touring caravans as well as building bathrooms and utilities on each pitch with parking.
The angry woman, who wanted to remain unnamed, said: “How would you like that dropping through your letter box after trying to pay the building society when the proposed site is at the bottom of your property.
That’s a worrying issue in itself but the letter then states ‘Unfortunately we cannot take into account ‘Private matters, such as the possible effect on the value of your property. What a downright cheek of Solihull Council to include that paragraph.”
The resident added: “Apart from the disruption to the neighbourhood who struggle to make ends meet and pay their taxes, they are going to have foisted upon them an encampment, that will most definitely devalue their property.”
A spokesperson for Solihull Council said: “Neighbour Notification letters are sent out to people living close to the sites of planning applications to make sure that they are aware of the application and have a chance to give us their views.
“We cannot consider any effect an application may have on property value as this is not a material planning consideration.
“We include this information in every Neighbour Notification letter that we send out so that people know that we can’t consider these types of comments before they spend time responding to applications on matters that cannot be taken into account.
“We hope that by being open about the process in this way, residents will have a fairer chance of making sure that any comments they do make are taken into consideration.”