AT the planning sub-committee meeting last night councillors supported the Haslucks Surgery application writes Simeon Bright.
The surgery currently has 6,900 patients registered and proponents of the application, including many councillors who spoke in favour of it, emphasised that the surgery was not expanding to accommodate more patients but merely to serve the current ones adequately.
Coun Alan Martin (Con, Bickenhill), said that although the design and the location was not ideal for such a building, a balance needed to be reached between this and the needs of the community. "For Shirley this is an excellent scheme," he concluded.
Other plans debated by the planning sub-committee included; an extension to a garage and the construction of a bin store at 9 Beechnut Lane, the building of homes to the side of 15 Marsh Lane in Hampton-in-Arden, the conversion of a Grade II listed building at 6 Wilsons Road, Knowle from residential to office use, the moving a modular building at Hazel Oak School and the construction of a new drama block at St Martins School all of which were approved by councillors.
Plans were submitted to construct two wooden gazebos in playgrounds at Bentley Heath Primary School. Councillors approved of the design, but had concerns of the proximity of one of them to a neighbouring house, as there was potential for the structures to be used after the school day had finished. Just one of the gazebos was approved.
On 85 Coverdale Road, repeated attempts had been made to contact the owner or occupier with little success. The property had been subject of numerous complaints from neighbours due to the land being kept in an extremely untidy way. Councillors sought to obtain an injunction and/or prosecution against the occupier.
Finally, on 59 Stratford Road, Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) had been obtained on a number of trees in the grounds of a bungalow. However the company that owned the property had allegedly felled the trees. As the felling of trees with TPOs is classified as a criminal offence, councillors voted to pursue prosecution.