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Shirley Advance throws down gauntlet to Planners

LESS than a month after the Parkgate scheme was thrown out by planning chiefs, developers have re-submitted an identical application.

LESS than a month after the Parkgate scheme was thrown out by planning chiefs, developers have re-submitted an identical application.

Councillors had taken a majority decision to reject the development, voicing concerns over parking in Shirley town centre.

Now Shirley Advance has thrown down the gauntlet to Solihull Council, arguing that plans for a basement car park will work.

The company hopes that a further report, prepared by Solihull-based highways engineers Arup, will allay the councillors’ fears.

A spokeswoman for Shirley Advance said: “Concern about the number of car parking spaces in the basement was the single reason for refusal. We hope that this additional document will provide the comfort required to result in an approval in due course.”

Parkgate’s opponents have accused the developers of trying to intimidate the local authority.

The new document expands on the arguments put forward in the previous transport assessment which was submitted last year. Road chiefs had been satisfied by the findings, but several councillors remained unconvinced and voted against the plans.

It was initially unclear if Shirley Advance would resubmit the plans to the council or appeal direct to the Government.

A date has yet to be fixed for the plan’s consideration.

 

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