CONCERNS have been raised by the borough’s Wildlife Trust over plans to build a new housing development in Solihull Lodge.
While Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has yet to formally object to the plans, bosses have confirmed the Aqueduct Road site, earmarked for 200 homes, is listed as a potential Local Wildlife Site (pLWS).
A pLWS means the site is deemed to have ‘features of wildlife importance.’ If full LWS (Local Wildlife Site) status is granted, the site may benefit from some protection from development. Waterfowl and kingfishers are among the birds that thrive in the habitat.
Persimmon and Miller Homes have submitted a planning application to Solihull Council for the new housing development despite concerns from local residents that the area floods regularly.
Richard Wheat, planning and biodiversity officer for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The trust does have concerns about the proposal because the site has been outlined as a pLWS.
“The trust needs to gather further information on this before we can officially submit our response to the application.”