HORDES of horrified residents descended on a public exhibition in Shirley to look over plans to build 200 homes on a site prone to severe flooding.
Residents attended the public consultation at the Coronation Youth Centre last Friday on the proposed development in Aqueduct Road.
The proposed scheme, a joint venture between Persimmon and Miller Homes, would occupy just over 20 acres - a site identified in the Solihull Local Plan.
Residents say they have grave concerns over flooding, the loss of green space and overcrowding of the local school, Mill Lodge Primary.
Andy and Karen Gillespie, aged 48 and 49, of Corley Close, said their house floods at least twice a year.
Mr Gillespie said: We are extremely concerned about this development. There is a major flooding problem in the area and more houses are just going to make the situation worse. Where is all the water going to go?
Paul Chambers, aged 47, of Aqueduct Road, added: This development is wholly inappropriate and I am very concerned at the potential loss of green space. Its ridiculous to think they want to build on land which floods as badly as this does.
Other residents fear house prices would plummet and traffic problems increase.
Councillor Hannah Tildesley (Con, Shirley West) added: I do understand and share the concerns of residents. We need more housing in Solihull, but I have concerns over the flooding issue and scale of the development.
Richard Oldroyd, managing director at Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said: We remain committed to the development.
The consultation provided local residents with the opportunity to keep updated on progress, ask any questions and make comments on the application.