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Solihull planning chief slams HS2 as 'rape of our greenbelt'

PLANNING chief Councillor Stuart Davis has slammed HS2 as the “pillage and rape of our greenbelt.”

PLANNING chief Councillor Stuart Davis has slammed HS2 as the “pillage and rape of our greenbelt.”

Speaking at Wednesday’s planning committee, an exasperated Coun Davis made the controversial comments after plans for extensions to a home in the greenbelt were marked for refusal by officers.

The application to extend Hartlebury House on Benton Green Lane, Berkswell, by just over the forty per cent permitted by planning guidelines, 1.25m, was approved after councillors said the development would “fade into insignificance” compared to the impact the HS2 will have on the area after the government gave it the go ahead last week.

“The world changed yesterday,” said Coun Davis.

“HS2 will be... the pillage and rape of our greenbelt. Compared to what is coming, this fades into insignificance.

“I have to say, I think it’s one of those occasions where we should let it go.”

The plans were approved by seven to two abstentions.

 

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