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NEXT to a railway line, under a flight path and liable to flood in bad weather - this is the land where developers want to put a whole new housing estate.

NEXT to a railway line, under a flight path and liable to flood in bad weather - this is the land where developers want to put a whole new housing estate.

The battle to stop 125 homes being built off Elmdon Road, Marston Green is set to come to a head within the next few weeks.

Campaigners have fought a year-long battle against the proposals and say the ancient farmland is totally unsuitable for new homes.

And if they’re successful the problem won’t go away - merely move on to another area of Solihull, as the borough’s motto of ‘Urbs in Rure’ comes under ever greater threat.

Meanwhile a major review of which local sites can accommodate housing has thrown further uncertainty on whether planning chiefs will support the application.

Alan Laight, chairman of Marston Green Residents’ Association, described the scheme as an “urban sprawl”.

“If you look at the site, around half of it will be concreted over, so where will the rainwater go?

“We’ve already got an issue with flooding on the land and more building work would make matters worse.

“There will also be problems with all the extra traffic, around 200 vehicles a day, having to get on and off the site.”

Mum-of-two Jacqueline Altham, who lives on Elmdon Road itself, has grave concerns about the plans.

“Our quiet dead-end wouldn’t be quiet any longer if this went ahead - it’s just too big for the village.”

Even if the plans are thrown-out, this could be just the first of a new batch of battles between residents and developers.

Councillor Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council, said the local authority was taking another look at where to build new homes.

“I feel that in the case of Marston Green, the developers have jumped the gun,” he told the Solihull News.

“I hope that the planning committee will take into account the fact that we are still considering this issue.”

The application is due to be considered by councillors on July 6.

What do you think? Write to the Solihull News, 150 High Street, Solihull, B91 3SX or e-mail: solihull_news@mrn.co.uk.

 

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