The planning hearing over the proposal to build houses on the wooded area on the Thimblemill Recreation Ground has been put back again and will now take place on Wednesday 24th September at 5pm.
The hearing was due to take place at the end of July but the Planning Committee agreed to postpone it to allow the site developers more time to provide information the officers had requested for the committee. It was postponed to 3rd September, but now has been put back again because they have been unable to provide the information in time for the meeting.
One of the issues centres around inadequate information for the planning committee in respect of potential wildlife in the woodland.
Councillor Richard Marshall, who represents the Smethwick Ward which includes the land, said, “The fact that the developers say they are still collating the information gives us a dilemma. If they appealed against a decision it may count in their favour if the Planning Committee didn't allow enough time for a developer to present all their reports. So the extension was granted, but we will be expecting a decision at the meeting on 24th.”
Meanwhile, protesters objecting to the development are calling on the Thimblemill Recreation Club (TREC) to do more to market the club and boost their membership, as an alternative strategy to selling off and developing the land.