Cam­paign­ers in protest at more homes

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

BUILD­ING on green spa­ces in north Soli­hull will leave res­i­dents liv­ing “like sar­dines in a can”, a meet­ing had heard.

Scores of peo­ple packed into the Ford­bridge Cen­tre to de­mand that plans to dis­pose of pub­lic open space at Clop­ton Cres­cent, in Chelm­s­ley Wood, be aban­doned. They fear the pro­pos­als could pave the way for houses be­ing built on a part of the site.

In Oc­to­ber, Soli­hull Coun­cil’s cab­i­net de­ferred a de­ci­sion on dis­pos­ing of the land, and two other wedges of green space in nearby Smith’s Wood, with sug­ges­tions of 80-100 homes be­ing built.

Ob­jec­tors put ques­tions to John Hal­ton, from the North Soli­hull Part­ner­ship, which over­sees the area’s re­gen­er­a­tion project.

Mr Hal­ton ar­gued that there was “a dire need” for af­ford­able hous­ing and had in­sisted that, un­der the plans, 80 per cent of the land at Clop­ton Cres­cent would be re­tained and im­prove­ments made to the fa­cil­i­ties.

Ford­bridge town coun­cil­lor Alan Nash said there had been a num­ber of pre­vi­ous at­tempts to de­velop the site and the com­mu­nity “felt un­der threat”.

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