PLANS set down for a new social housing development in Chelmsley Wood have been described by one councillor as the ugliest [she] has every seen.
The proposal from Bellway Housing to build 15 apartments at the former Bluebell Public House on Yorkminster Drive were given the green light at last Wednesdays planning meeting.
While Councillor Glenis Slater (Lib Dem, Elmdon) agreed there was a need for more social housing in the area, she added: They are the most ugly set of buildings I have ever seen and I would be ashamed to give my backing to a building like that.
I dont understand why, just because it is social housing, we have to make it look ugly.
But other committee members leapt to the defence of the design and the need for extra housing in the area.
Councillor Jim Ryan (Con, Bickenhill said he thought the plans were a good design.
He added: I remember the site when it was a pub and it wasnt a pleasant place. This has got to be an improvement.
He told the chamber that there are 7,000 people on the councils waiting list, waiting to be rehomed.
There are people who need homes now, as we speak. We need to approve this application, get it built and get these people into a home.
The application, which is a joint project between Bellway Homes and the North Solihull Partnership, was previously refused by the planning committee and the applicant has since reduced the number of apartments earmarked for the site, from 18 to 15.
Residents have said the development would be overbearing, their privacy will be invaded and parking would be a concern.