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Plans for Marston Green car park set for refusal at Council planning meeting

Sarah Mason 19th May, 2021

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build car park on greenbelt land in Marston Green look set to be refused.

Planning chiefs are due to decide whether the planning application to build the the 388 space car park on land which is currently a wildlife haven and parkland should be refused at a planning meeting tonight, May 19.

Campaigners, who include Meriden MP Saqib Bhatti and Solihull councillors, say in an age of protecting the greenbelt, when more people are working from home and the green travel agenda, the application is totally out of step with the times.

The application has been lodged by Jaguar Land Rover supplier IAC, occupiers of the Prologis Park Birmingham Interchange building.

If given the go-ahead it would take the number of parking spaces serving the site to more than 600.

In documents released ahead of the meeting it states there were 133 responses to the application including letters from Councillor Alison Rolf, Coun Bob Sleigh and Mr Bhatti.

A petition with 1,039 signatures has also been handed to the council calling for the application to be thrown out.

The documents revealed issues including increased congestion, the impact on local wildlife and the plans not meeting the special circumstances required to build on greenbelt land.

Solihull Council also received one letter in support of the application.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Pat Preece, who lives in Blackfirs Lane and whose house will front the car park if it is given the go ahead, said: “We fought against the Prologis building, although they have done so much to enhance the greenbelt between us and the warehouse by landscaping it and planting trees.

“Everyone says how wonderful it is now, but it will all disappear under tarmac if this car park is given the go ahead, and then where will the green be in Marston Green?”

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