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Residents celebrate appeal victory

VICTORIOUS residents in Manor Road and Seven Star Road are celebrating after a Government inspector dismissed an appeal by Piper Homes Limited to build a housing development on land close to their homes.

VICTORIOUS residents in Manor Road and Seven Star Road are celebrating after a Government inspector dismissed an appeal by Piper Homes Limited to build a housing development on land close to their homes.

The application proposed involved erecting 11 residential properties, with associated access, landscaping, garaging and parking in land off Seven Star Road at the rear of existing houses.

People living close to the site have been involved in a three year long battle following a trio of planning applications and two appeals by the company.

The Government inspector Simon Berkeley, turned down the appeal on the grounds it was out of character with the area and because of a loss of trees.

The inquiry was held on May 21 at the Civic Suite, the Council House, Solihull, with a site visit made the following day by Mr Berkeley.

Councillor Peter Hogarth (Con, Silhill), who has campaigned against the proposals, stated he was pleased with the outcome of the appeal, after hearing by email from Solihull Council it had not been upheld on Wednesday.

He said: “This is another success story, the residents did not want it and it is out character with the area. I have sent out leaflets to the residents telling them of the decision and a number of them have contacted me to express their delight.”

“This matter has been going on for approximately three years and there has been pressure on local residents who have objected to the application right from the beginning. Two separate inspectors have refused plans for the site. I would like to think the issue will go away for good now.”

The Solihull News tried to contact Piper Homes Ltd but no-one was available for comment.

 

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