Friday, 1 November 2013

Developer moves on Bentley Heath homes

A DEVELOPER has begun to market homes for a development in a field off Four Ashes Road, Bentley Heath.

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Crest Nicholson is seeking interest for its “exclusive” 27, two to four-bedroom homes in the “Dorridge Gate” development.

It said: “Dorridge Gate is a charming new development of traditional homes, set in a much favoured area surrounded by countryside.

“The mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom executive homes give everything required for a contemporary suburban family lifestyle.”

It won Solihull MetropolitanBorough Council permission in April for 44 homes despite concerns about traffic impact.

The land is earmarked for development for up to 150 homes under council policies.

Plans for a two-storey building with 51 supported living apartments for OAPs were approved for the site – near Widney Manor Cemetery – in June.


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29 comments:

  1. Dorridge Gate? what's wrong with Bentley Heath Gate?

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  2. Is it the dorridge gate to Bentley Heath or a ploy to make the site just a little bit posher?!

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  3. The signs says a new development of 2 3 4 bed homes doesent mention that some will be be affordable housing(council housing)! so it might not be so posh after a while.

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  4. council housing is not 'affordable housing' its property for rent owned by the council.

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    1. yes property for rent owned by the council......is council housing, affordable housing can be either council housing or housing association who take people of the council waiting list and house them,but it will allways be described as affordable housing to gloss over these facts.

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  5. The layout provides the 27 mentioned therefore the other 17 are affordable maybe housing association hopefully with part ownership ?The layout also includes three storey property's which were required to attain the numbers per hectare as influenced by the planning inspectorate appeal by the developer with SMBC this also included the 40% affordable housing stipulation which will therefore apply to all new sites above 15 properties.Therefore do not aspire to move to a new build site as all will now contain 40% affordable properties.The plans also include three small affordable 2 bedroom properties behind the existing properties( at the junction of Four Ashes Road and Browns Lane) with a minimum separation distance to one of these property's of less than 18metres which is less than the normal minimum of 22metres.(even less than the vision required to read number plate on your driving test). The planners Pegasus Planning marked this area as sensitive although objections were raised by the independent residents about the siting of these 3x2 bed properties the planning committee passed this plan I assume this was to comply with government guidelines and also avoided a further appeal.Most of the perimeter trees are on tree preservation orders and care around them and their root protection areas (RPA) is a primary concern ,however on walking around the outside of this site you can see the storage of building blocks and soils within these RPA's already and the 6inch bough broken off at the entrance is concerning as is the driveway way entrances close proximity to the tree with the broken bough.Still housing is required and the contribution made towards Arden Academy is useful but probably premature as pupil intake may be full for newcomers from this site.I also read of all the other planning applications around the nearby rural type areas and wish them luck as I find that the process to be weighted in favour of government proposals and our elected councillors mere pawns within this bigger picture.I welcome any response .

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  6. Well its more customers for Sainsburys.

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    1. Move on, nothing more to say here!

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  7. Has to be Dorridge as this sustainable site has no bus service to Knowle (Waitrose) or any where of an evening or sundays!!!

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  8. Shame that 16:08 advises us to avoid new housing as 40% of it will be affordable. Presumably the writer has no young adult children leaving university saddled with a bucket load of debt and unable to afford to get on the housing ladder, or knows people working very and earning a decent living but not enough to afford property.....

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    1. I hear what ur saying but affordable housing doesent go to young people with dept leaving university ,I think it should, but if you look at the criteria for being on the housing list its young parents(single moms) people coming out of prison, people in witness protection domestic abuse, people leaving social services care,the list is endless,have a look at solihulls housing priority list about the only normal people some of the homes may go to are people wanting to down size.people who work and do approach the council for housing because they cant afford to buy are often told because they work they can afford to privately rent some people who work and do live in affordable housing are mostly older people,but the new younger generation who need to be housed are a different kettle of fish

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  9. Hi anonymous 5-11-2013 1559hrs Thanks for reading my comment @ 1608.Life style is down to your own outlook.We chose to work and pay for everything we had or wanted this included working over 120hrs a week for years to pay off our only debt a mortgage,we moved houses around Solihull 4 times.
    This was our choice not to live as per the governments way i.e living in debt,and followed by so many others,perhaps that is why in the first quarter of 2013 there have been over 75 thousand personal insolvencies. On the subject of affordable housing this is offset by SMBC to listed housing associations and the last development in Dorridge the old Woolmans site found difficulty in meeting their obligation and paid a levy to SMBC for not meeting the affordable criteria.
    People that work hard and strive for a decent living are welcome to this site and area! but what are the housing associations criteria??
    Is it for people from this area,borough or country. Is it for employed people. Is it for rehabilitation of some people.Asylum seekers,people seeking benefits,anti social people the list could be endless and the answer unknown to me!! My preferred option would part ownership whereby people preferably LOCAL could take an extra interest and benefit the community.There are plenty more developments in the pipeline and with the 40% affordable criteria more opportunities for hard working people.Although when house prices rise and with restricted salaries the situation may not improve.

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  10. from 15:59 to 23:37 I think I probably agree with you and have made similar lifestyle choices and like many feel very miffed that the people who live within their means are the ones who seem increasingly to be "penalised".

    I however am concerned about the many hard-working and young people who, if they want to study at university, have no choice but to carry large debts (or mummy and daddy bail them out), and would actually LIKE to see more affordable housing in the area. I agree completely that the access criteria is critical.

    DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW WHAT THE CRITERIA WILL NEED TO BE MET, FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLEASE??

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  11. Look - affordable housing for asylum seekers - get a grip.
    Times have changed and being able to get on the housing ladder for younger people has become so hard with student debt etc. Affordable housing is just that. If we don't want this area to turn become top heavy with pensioners ( I'm older myself by the way) then we need to allow for housing that lets young families to buy in the area.
    Can I just add 'people seeking benefits' would not be able to get a mortgage and if you have lived within your means all your life then you probably are reaping the rewards.

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  12. Do Housing Associations require a mortgage or just accept benefit payments? ?

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    1. They eccept housing benefit if your on housing benefit if you work then you pay the rent if by small chance they are part rent part buy they help you with a mortgage but your ownership in the house is very small

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  13. I now note that ASPEN Homes are applying to erect a 2.4 metre hoarding outside/alongside the pavement of their proposed extra care facility on the paddocks Four Ashes Road.The application for this 2013/1844 also includes SEVEN flags and full height advertising.The visible loss of the hedgerow will be detrimental and totally out of character with the street scene and would be there until the sites completion maybe a year or more.Being in close proximity to the railway bridge it could also be a distraction to passing traffic,and traffic exiting the site would have reduced vision.

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  14. Some of the comments about affordable housing are pretty ignorant. Anyone would think that Knowle and Dorridge didn't already have affordable housing (that is, housing run by housing associations, which is either rented or shared ownership).

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  15. The afforbable housing isent the problem its some of the people that may be eligible to it that's the problem,will it go to people wishing to down size that already live in the area will it go to young hard working couples who cant afford a mortgage yet ,will it go to people who have lost there homes in the resesion will it go to people who have a local connection?unfortunately if you go on solihullhomechoice website and look up the criteria of people who will be housed first in band a to b it has things like witness protection homelessness ,the list is long,In areas like warick if you want to move to a housing association or council house in hatton you have to have a local connection to that village and the same in other nice places but Solihull don't have those policies .a friend of mine split from her husband she is hard working ,she saw some new apartments for sale being built on the old flemmings hotel plot on warick road Olton so she bought one, it was the worst mistake of her life because the rest turned out to be affordable housing some are owned by the council some are owned by a housing association in the first month the police had to corner of one of the apartments some one had been beaten up badly! someone up stairs has a drunken boyfriend that likes to turn up late blasting music from his car with his mates six cars in the car park had all there tyers slashed ,she was woken very early one morning to the sound of a drugs raid and that's happened more than once! she doesent open her window in summer because all she gets is loud music and the smell of drugs floating through the window she has found out that almost all of the tenents there have been moved over from chelmsley wood because of the regeneration going on over there .she cant afford to move.,and yet if you were to drive past it all looks privately owned,The warf lane estate is the same the sales board looks inviting to people that want to buy,but nowhere does it mention affordable housing and yet over half that estate is affordable housing and it has been in the paper because of antisocial problems.affodable housing isent the real problem depending who moves in they should be for people who live in the area already or with a good local connection.not people who don't appreciate living in a nice area and have no respect for other people or there property.To the comment above your right and a lot of people keep there propertys nice clean and tidy and take pride in there gardens but they seem to be older people, who moved in years ago this new generation of young familys that need housing is totally different.And really these people that make these deals with the councils for the land and the residents association should put policies in place like people having to have lived for a certain amount of years or have a very strong local connection to these areas as some other councils do.

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  16. A friend of mine and her husband bought a house on wharf lane,they are having problems selling it because moving there has become a nightmare ,boy racers everywere booming music late at night ,people not bothering to take rubbish bins out, gangs of youths hanging about late at night their son has been mugged near the local shop. They were not told about the so called affordable housing that was really council housing and housing association four doors down from them. When they spoke to the sales people about it months later they were told by the sales people its not our problem who the housing authoritys decide to house in neighbouring properties.

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  17. In reply to both comments 24-11-13, I also have relations living off St Bernards Road by the new estate which backs onto the cricket club their comment I quote "we have never had so many police cars with their blue lights on, going into that estate'. SMBC must have a larger shortfall of affordable housing than most (due to I assume the nature of our area) which requires 40% affordable housing on developments of 15 or more property's when other areas of the country have a 15% criteria. Is this down to bad management ,short termism ,lack of vision ,no proven 5 year housing land supply which then enables planners ?? to push through their developments through as in Bentley Heath & Knowle,prior to the councils Local plan being approved. With election time beckoning we all need to think long and hard.

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  18. How much will the 4 bedroom houses cost. Around 500,000 maybe

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    1. I am led to understand the 2 beds will be between 225 & 250K could be marketable or affordable? Larger plots may be kept below the stamp duty point but I would suspect nearer 600K.

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  19. I lived in a lovely flat for a few years but eventually as the old people died they were replaced by in married mothers and people on the dole. There were crying babies shouting pipping horns and screaming 24 hours a day it was hell. I was glad to move out and lucky to sell.

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  20. I would rather an area be over loaded with old people who would appriceate living in an area like dorridge and Bentley heath than some younger people from the councils waiting list who like the thought of living in a nice area ,but then treat it like a dump cant be botherd to put rubbish out cant be botherd to do garden cant be botherd to show consideration to neighbours cant be botherd to use the correct facilities to get rid of large items like old washing machines an mattresses the list goes on!

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  21. soon we are going to have the overspill from birminham city council I read it in the Solihull observer online! so a ffordable housing wont even be going to local people so we may see immigrants being housed in knowle bentley heath and dorridge its not far fetched give it five years it will be like acocks green or marsden green give it ten years we will be joining chelmsley wood

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    1. Chelmsley Wood IS Solihull North and has had their share of development,I would guess plenty of affordable housing association properties,and now the TOWN centre is due for upgrading/development.Still the council SHOULD benefit from all the additional community charge payments either from the residents or the benefits system a WIN WIN situation.Solihull will be a diverse community of poor and wealthy together ,that is why we live in THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE as the surveys suggest and the council in following government guidlines is allowing our areas to decline,wealthy people will move out to greener spacious quieter areas. Our Motto will then be "URBAN IN RUINS'

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  22. Affordable Housing requires the prospective purchasers/buyers to find around 50% of the property value , therfore they will need to apply/ find a Mortgage for around £145k , if its a couple then a combined income of around £42,000 per year (3.5x salary), if its a single purchaser a salary around £42k, then they pay the housing assocaition (not council) a monthly rent on top of their mortgage payments...so all the scare-mongering, doom and gloom merchants complaining its council housing need to get their facts right , as its clearly purchasers that want to get on the property market with a little help from a housing association .

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  23. I will give you the facts people as my wife and i along with our two children are lucky enough to be moving into one of the three homes allocated to Midland Heart. We were given a band A yet are not on benefits, no witness protection scheme or anything else for that matter. We are a professional couple who work extremely hard whose chiildren are very polite and respectful. We had to move due to years of malicious damage to our cars probably because we didn't fit in any more because i worked damn hard to provide a stable life for my family. I have also met one of the other families who are also very nice, oh, and both work full time. There is only a stigma attached to council tennants due to the ignorance of others. I will soon be starting a new life with my family in a wonderful area and hopefully within a wonderful community that is accepting of us.

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