Saturday, 1 December 2012

Developer vows to pursue Bentley Heath homes plan

A DEVELOPER has pledged to pursue plans for homes on a Bentley Heath field after being refused permission for 38 houses.

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Crest Nicholson’s Ben Miller spoke after the firm lost an appeal at the independent Planning Inspectorate for the scheme at Four Ashes Road, Bentley Heath.

It appealed as Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council had not made a decision on the plan. A public hearing was held on the appeal in October.

The inspector said the plan did not provide enough homes and a wide enough range of sizes. The site earmarked for housing in council policies.

Mr Miller said: “We will be liaising with the council to discuss our concerns about increasing the density of development at Four Ashes Road and will work with them to find a suitable resolution.”

Mr Miller, the firm’s development director, said it is “very disappointed”.

He said: “We are committed to delivering a high quality and sensitive scheme of new homes for the people of Solihull and believe the Council’s request for a higher density build would be detrimental to the character of the development and local area.

“We have been working closely with the Council for the past year to develop a housing plan which would meet the needs of local people and be in keeping with the surrounding area. 

“Our design scheme takes into consideration housing demand, as well as the look and feel of existing homes in the area, and was approved in principle by the council’s urban designer.

“We undertook extensive research to determine the correct mix of homes to bring to market and believe strongly that our proposal of 15 two and three bedroom affordable houses, and 23 four bedroom properties, would offer the best solution to meet local requirements.

“This would provide a range of homes, in varying styles and sizes, as well as delivering a good proportion of affordable homes to help people onto the property ladder.”

The council wants the site to have 40 units per hectare, which would mean 51 homes.

Another planning application was made in June for a two-storey building for 51 “extra care apartments” for OAPs to the south of the site. No decision has been made.

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  1. Concerned Bentley Heath2 December 2012 at 02:24

    The plans which were dismissed, blighted the neighbours that were not involved in this premature proposal for the partial use of the site contained within SMBC's Local Development Plan which was brought forward early for the benefit of Arden School,which as discussed at the appeal would only exacerbate the Academy's problems with capacity. The layout of the site with 38 properties was cramming in 23 four bed properties and 15 affordable (2,3 &4 beds).I therefore agree with the comment that a higher density build would be detrimental to the character of the local area.The usable site area would in my opinion be smaller than anticipated two years ago as the trees and their protection areas would have increased and the advent of the new British standard would expect all trees to be retained not just all that are covered by the Tree Protection Orders. The access point to this partial site although acceptable to the highways dept should be at the safest possible point for the complete site on the apex of the bend allowing optimum vision & distance,otherwise when completed there will be THREE entrances/exits onto the busy Four Ashes Road. So the site should be developed in its entirety when necessitated and not piecemeal.Also this last greenfield space within Bentley Heath would be lost finally merging with Dorridge and enclosing the recreation ground to the detriment of the village,I also consider the village shops,school,surgery to be at capacity. I do not consider the development to be in keeping and in the best interests of the area., or the residents. But It may well help to increase your market leading 18% profits of 2011 and assist with your thoughts on a £500m stockmarket flotation enabling you to benefit shareholders to the detriment of our community.I welcome all comments.

  2. Concerned Bentley Heath21 January 2013 at 20:03

    The comments on Crest Nicholsons stock market flotation are now accurate please read link below

    Housebuilder Crest Nicholson returns to London stock market after defying the gloom with rising profits
    Crest Nicholson, which went private five years ago during the property slump, said it would issue new shares in the hope to raise £50million to pay down debt and buy more land.
    Full Story:

    21 January 2013

  3. i think the building of these new homes is the least of our worries,almost half these propertys are going to be affordable housing meaning council housing will these homes be going to local people? or will they go to problem families from where ever that have no connection to the area that need to be housed somewhere?