This has already happened in Warwickshire
Though Solihull Council’s planning committee unanimously rejected a125-home scheme on a 13-acre site in Marston Green, stoutly opposed by local residents, at the end of March a Government inspector overturned its decision following an appeal by Persimmon Homes. Setting aside the number of concerns voiced about quality and service offered by Persimmon in several websites including this one, the issue here is the gap between political rhetoric and actual practice.
A government website summarises the main measures of the Localism Bill under four headings:
- new freedoms and flexibilities for local government
- new rights and powers for communities and individuals
- reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective
- reform to ensure that decisions about housing are taken locally
However, the aims of the Localism legislation appear to have been totally sidelined by the inquiry in favour of the Government’s ministerial statement Planning for Growth which they said expects local planning authorities to allow development and growth wherever possible.
And another unpopular Persimmon application
Though there are two brownfield sites nearer a High Street which would warmly welcome more customers living nearby, Persimmon and Miller Homes want to build over a rare greenfield area in Shirley. At a recent public consultation on this joint venture alarmed residents voiced grave concerns over flooding – already a problem affecting some homes in the area – traffic hazards, the loss of green space and overcrowding of the local school.
A spokesman for Persimmon Homes South Midlands, confidently said: “We remain committed to the development.”
Local people and their council remain opposed to it.
Will big business once more over-rule the will of the people and also flout the intention of the Localism Bill?