CONTROVERSIAL PLANS TO build 190 homes in Dickens Heath have been given the green light by Secretary of State Eric Pickles following an appeal by the developer.
Lioncourt Homes has had a Solihull Council decision to block its proposals at Tidbury Green Farm overturned in the High Court, bringing to an end years of debate over the site.
Solihull Council was in the process of turning land at Tidbury Green Farm, and Lowbrook Farm, where Gallagher Homes wants to build 200 homes on, into Greenbelt as part of the Solihull Local Plan – the policy which sets out development of towns, villages and countryside up to 2028.
This would have protected the potential development sites for the future and been a welcome relief for villagers who were outraged at the proposals and claimed the sheer number of homes in the area would cause more flash flooding and leave schools, roads and medical services unable to cope with the extra numbers.
Speaking to The Observer when the applications were originally up for debate Chris Noble, Chair of the Cheswick Green Parish Council said if all of the planning applications are granted permission the local infrastructure would not cope.
The latest decision by the Secretary of State is a massive blow for campaigners.
And more bad news is likely on the horizon as it is thought the deicsion to approve the Tidbury Green Farm development will pave the way for the approval at appeal of the Lowbrook Farm 200-home development.
The 190 – and possibly further 200 homes – will add to the 71 homes currently being built by David Wilson at Braggs Farm, Rumbush Lane and 130 homes by Bellway at Dickens Heath Road which are already ‘putting serious pressure on local village services in Dickens Heath’