Furious residents across Solihull are rebelling over plans to site thousands of homes in their communities.
Parish councils in the borough are this week putting the finishing touches to their responses to Solihull Council’s Local Plan, which have to be submitted by next Monday, March 5.
The local authority is fast running out of time to earmark sites for residential and industrial development, to take affect over the next 15 years.
Dickens Heath residents are the latest to protest at plans for more homes to be built in their compact village.
Around 50 new dwellings are proposed for Griffin Lane, 65 for Braggs Farm and 185 for Cleobury Lane. Clerk of the council, Helen Marczak, said: “Some people were upset at the thought of more building work in the village. There are lots of parts of Dickens Heath that are not even finished.”
Meanwhile Cheswick Green residents believe they are ‘bearing the brunt’ of the plans, after the council has proposed around 700 homes for the parish.
Parish council chairman, Chris Noble, said: “We realise that more homes are required but this is excessive for one area.”
Other plans include several hundred homes in Chelmsley Wood, 950 in the town centre, 110 in Hampton-in-Arden and 300 in Solihull Lodge.
Councillor Ian Courts, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, defended the proposals. He said: “Inevitably there will be people who will not want development but we have a responsibility to provide sufficient housing to meet certain needs.
“It is not an excessive number of houses and we think we have been fair and reasonable when allocating the number of houses across the borough.”