The planning application to build houses on the small wood in Thimblemill Road has been deferred by planning committee until early September.
Committee members were faced by around 70 banner waving protesters at the entrance to the Recreation Club who were there to tell them why this last piece of uncultivated woodland in Smethwick should be protected.
Smethwick councillor Richard Marshall told the protesters they couldn't enter the grounds because it was private land, but they could tell the planning committee members what they felt about the application. Planning Officer John Baker told them that the committee were being advised to defer a decision because the developers hadn't provided all the information the council had requested.
Richard Marshall added, “I think it is important to stress we are not anti-club just anti-build. The Committee stipulated they would make a decision on 3rd September, with or without all papers being submitted as the people of the area had suffered long enough. I have agreed with the chair of TREC to hold an open night so that members of the public can come in and offer ideas and suggestions in how what would make them want to become members of the club, he is putting this to his committee and will be coming back to me.”