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Residents’ anger over the loss of green space

Woodland Green residents protest against plans to build a new housing development in Smith’s Wood.

Woodland Green residents protest against plans to build a new housing development in Smith's Wood.
Woodland Green residents protest against plans to build a new housing development in Smith's Wood.

A much loved green space in the north of the borough has been lost after permission was given for housing, campaigners have warned.

Solihull Council’s planning committee has granted permission for 14 flats and 13 houses to be built on land between Chester Road and Windward Way.

Over 160 local residents wrote to the council, objecting to development on the site, which is situated in Woodland Green, Smith’s Wood.

Stephen Holt, resident and Green Party campaigner, said: “I am upset this planning application was approved.

“It’s not a site that is included in the council’s own local plan for future housing development and it’s in an area of the borough with the least green space. Residents’ views have been ignored.”

The plans include space for a play area, games zone, planting and footpaths alongside the 27 homes development.

Local resident Kate Gardiner said: “It is very sad to see yet another proposal to build so many houses on such a small piece of land, making an already busy road even busier.”

Councillor David Jamieson (Labour, Kingshurst and Fordbridge) has also spoken out over the controversial scheme.

“The only spaces that are remaining are school grounds and not widely available for public use,” he said.

“While there is some support for the improvement of the space at one end of the site for play/recreation use, building more houses in this area is creating intolerable over-development.

“Many people are saying that the development of an area such as this would not be allowed in other parts of the borough.

“I am tending to agree.”

 

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