Sandwell Council's planning committee this evening voted to reject plans to build luxury homes on the land alongside Thimblemill pool.
Smethwick Ward councillors Richard Marshall and Linda Horton, and Abbey councillor Bob Piper urged the committee to throw out the plans because they were damaging to wildlife, destroyed the natural woodland, and the developers had not demonstrated that these homes would benefit the area. They also pointed out that Thimblemill Road was an accident blackspot, and the opening to the new estate was in a dangerous stretch of road where school children cross.
Highways officers assured they thought the road was safe – despite the fact that a crossing point was installed there only about a year ago.
Councillor Steve Trow raised some good points about the section of the report which said the land was under-utilised. “It isn't under-utilised by the wildlife and fauna that exist on that land.” Councillor Roger Horton agreed, saying, “I cannot accept that this will not represent a loss of visual amenity, as well as the other creatures that share this planet with us.”
Refusal was carried unanimously!