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ALMOST 1,500 people have signed a petition against the possible loss of green-belt land in Marston Green.

ALMOST 1,500 people have signed a petition against the possible loss of green-belt land in Marston Green.

Villagers collected the signatures in just a few short days, desperate to defend the site in Coleshill Heath Road.

Twice before they’ve fought and won battles to protect the land, when plans were unveiled to expand Birmingham Business Park.

And now residents have spoken out against plans to remove the green-belt status which had scuppered previous developments.

A spokesman for Marston Green Opposing Overdevelopment (MGOOD) argued that the land was a vital wildlife corridor.

“We were pleased by the response that we had to the petition in a small period of time - we had many signatures from Chelmsley Wood and Marston Green.

“It seems ridiculous to put this forward, after two public inquiries and the huge amount of money that was spent protecting the land.”

Helen Lutwyche, who lives on Coleshill Heath Road, said that any development would disrupt people’s lives 24 hours a day.

“It’s going to cause even more traffic problems on top of the existing problem, there are already 10 speed bumps on that road.”

Fellow-resident Pat Preece added that the land was well-used by joggers, horse riders and dog walkers.

Both women were among the group of residents who handed the petition to Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ian Courts, on Monday afternoon.

Coun Courts said that he would pass on the file to the Overview and Scrutiny Management Board, who were debating the plans on Wednesday.

As reported in the Solihull News last week, MGOOD are also fighting plans to put almost 300 more homes in the village.

Farmland off Elmdon Road and Chelmsley Lane has been earmarked for development.

 

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