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Residents and councillors hit out over Bryant Homes' Wharf Lane plan

FURIOUS residents are calling on Solihull Council to reject Bryant Homes’ plans to build more homes on the former British Gas site on Wharf Lane.

FURIOUS residents are calling on Solihull Council to reject Bryant Homes’ plans to build more homes on the former British Gas site on Wharf Lane.

The developer’s application to erect a further 136 one and two bedroom apartments at the site will go before the planning committee on July 15.

Residents have been backed by all three of their Silhill councillors - Peter Hogarth, Leela Widger and Sheila Pittaway, as they fight against the proposals.

Colin Downes of Middlewood Close said that had he known the application, which was first submitted in 2006, would change so drastically he would not have bought his home two years ago.

“This completely alters the original development plans on which I based my decision to purchase a property,” he said.

“I would not have purchased two years ago had I known that there was to be a revision of this nature.”

Mr Downes says residents are incensed at the plans to increase the number of dwellings without providing a solution to the already intense parking problems.

“The new development only provides one car space per flat which is inadequate given modern lifestyles.

“The former plans also provided open space for children to play but the new plans will force children to play on increasingly dangerous roads.”

Councillor Widger (Lib Dem) has promised to work with residents to oppose any unsuitable development in the area.

“The new application does not comply with the masterplan as agreed in 2006,” she said.

Bryant Homes were unavailable as the Solihull Times went to press.

 

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