Housing to be put on former Ashton Nurseries site in Hockley Heath - The Solihull Observer

Housing to be put on former Ashton Nurseries site in Hockley Heath

Solihull Editorial 10th Feb, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016   0

A SCHEME to build 14 new homes on the former Ashton Nurseries site in Hockley Heath has been give the green light.

A proposal for five two-bedroom homes, six three-bedroom properties, two houses with four bedrooms and one with five was given the final go-ahead by Solihull Council’s planning committee last Wednesday (February 3).

The application for the Greenbelt land, to the back of 84-96 School Road, has been put forward by Spitfire.

As part of the scheme five buildings will be knocked down to make space for the new homes.

Donna Savage said previous proposals for the land were withdrawn following concerns raised by residents, but they had spent nine months working with locals to put the current application together.

She added the land was quite a mess, unloved and had become quite dilapidated.

Miss Savage said they has also had threats of travellers on the site.

“I think the time has come that we need to do something to redevelop this and get it in a much better state,” she added.

Miss Savage said Spitfire had a history of developing similar site in the borough – including Hall Farm, on Kenilworth Road in Knowle.

She added there was a good mix of housing and they had worked hard with the local community to create a good development. And, although not everybody maybe 100 per cent happy they hoped it was something they could live with.

Coun Ian Courts said Spitfire had done some outstanding work in the borough and they were expecting and hoping it was going to be another model development.

He added the developers had really improved and worked hard to meet issues raised by residents although he was concerned about the noise and the amount of traffic created by the scheme.

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