24th Jan, 2020

EDITOR'S COMMENT: Why approval tonight for 'care village' in Solihull green belt could be thin end of wedge

Les Reid 3rd Oct, 2018

A planning application to build a ‘care village’ in Solihull borough’s green belt could be the thin end of the wedge.

Council’s officers’ backing for the project in Catherine-de-Barnes could lead to something of a landmark judgement.

If councilors or any appeal gives final approval, it could have implications for other green belt sites near you. Solihull council’s planning committee discusses the proposal tonight.

That is because planning officers consider the ‘very special circumstances’ required to over-ride important national greenbelt policy protections arise from the unmet needs of the borough’s burgeoning elderly population.

It’s important the arguments are fully tested with evidence.

Opponents are entitled to ask why brownfield sites cannot be used instead.

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