‘A diabolical intrusion into rural life,’ were the words used to describe plans to build 185 homes in Tidbury Green.
Residents have slammed the proposals at a public exhibition held at Earlswood Methodist Church this week, to build the new housing development on land off Fulford Hall Road.
Developers Lioncourt Homes say the land has been reserved by the local authority since 1997 for ‘long term housing needs’ but locals say the village will not be able to cope with the influx of new properties.
Local resident David Butler was the man who branded the scheme “diabolical”.
“We already have the new development of Dickens Heath. This is the last village in Solihull, we are bordering Bromsgrove and we will be squashed by development. This development will mean an extra 300 to 400 cars on the road. The road infrastructure cannot cope as it is.”
The planning application looks set to be submitted to Solihull Council in August and will be for up to 185 homes, including a children’s play area, an ecology area and informal open space.
Another local resident, James Cosgrove, added: “The village is not rural any more. Traffic is horrendous and the roads cannot cope. Tidbury Green is not built for such a development and we already have the Lowbrook Farm appeal hanging over us.”
A third person who asked not to be named, said the land could have been used for farming.
“This is good agricultural land, which has never been farmed. There is also the fear that these 185 homes could double and the village will just not be able to cope. There is no shop or GP surgery.”
Andy Faizey, strategic land director for Lioncourt Homes, said the idea of the consultation, which runs until July, is to gather local opinion.
“We look for themes rather than trying to answer individual concerns,” Mr Faizey said.
“Residents have mentioned the lack of a shop or doctor’s surgery, which we can now go away and look into.”
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