RESIDENTS in Solihull Lodge say this week’s severe flooding proves their fears about plans to build a new housing estate in the area.
Land near Aqueduct Road - the site where Persimmon and Miller Homes want to build 200 dwellings - has been submerged in water following heavy rainfall.
Hordes of local residents are against plans to build on the site. They say the area is too vulnerable to flooding, are concerned about loss of green space and argue the site is too small for a large scale development.
Aqueduct Road resident, Paul Chambers, said this week: “The area has been turned into a swimming pool. I have seen ducks on there and horses are drinking the water. The River Cole was nearly up to road level. This just proves that homes should not be built on that land.”
Councillor Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) said: “It is claimed the 2007 floods are a one in 100 year event but clearly, this week has shown, that any development on that site will be detrimental.
“Given the history, any development on that site is going to be a major concern to residents.”
Following a public exhibition of the planned development held last month and despite residents airing concerns over the flooding risk, Persimmon Homes said it remained committed to the scheme.