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Calls for planners to refuse Shirley hotel expansion plans

Solihull Editorial 25th Jan, 2024   0

A PETITION against plans for a Shirley hotel to expand has been launched.

Jessica Thompson is calling on Solihull Council’s planning committee to refuse plans resubmitted by De Vere Village Hotel to create a 48-bedroom extension to the Dog Kennel Lane site.

The application, which has been handed to the Council is a similar to one that was approved by planning chiefs in 2018 which expired in June 2021.

In England planning permission is granted for three years from the date of approval for works to get under way otherwise developers need to re-apply for permission.

Jessica, a local Conservative campaigner, is rallying the call for the application to be refused because there have been a number of changes since permission was initially given.

On the petition she said: “In respect of the environment changing since the original application was submitted and there is now a housing estate which the new building will over look.

“The increase in hotel rooms will also cause an increase in traffic on the already busy residential roads. As well as further parking issue in the area.”

To date the petition has 25 signatures of support.

In documents handed to the Council by Pegasus Group on behalf of VUR Village Trading No.1 Limited it says: “There are no changes to the layout, scale or design of the proposed extension. It is a like for like application to that which has been previously approved.

“The site gained planning permission for a 48-bedroom extension to the existing hotel in 2018.

“The planning permission has now time expired, however Village Hotels are now in a position where the extension to the hotel is required to meet the growing demand for hotel rooms at the Village Hotel, Solihull.”

It added that vehicular access to the site is provided from Dog Kennel Lane to the south or from the north by Stratford Road, via an internal spine road through the business park.

And an extra six parking spaces will be created following a reconfiguration of the parking layout.

For more on the application click here.

Or for more on the petition click here.

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