Labour Councillors in Polesworth are up in arms after the Tory run Borough Council voted to build 31 homes on land in between Laurel Avenue and Common Lane. To add insult to injury, Polesworth Tory Cllr, John Smitten proposed the planning application be approved.
Labour County Councillor, Dave Parsons said;
“This is another example of the Tory Council not understanding the needs and views of local people in Polesworth. The Council wants to build thousands of homes on our green fields in Polesworth and Dordon without any major improvements to local infrastructure. The Tories have voluntarily taken an additional 3000 homes from Birmingham and have protected safe Conservative villages in other areas of the borough at our expense.
“This application, whilst only being for 31 homes will have access from Common Lane which is in part a rural road and will only add to the traffic on the B5000. We’re losing our green space in this area at an alarming rate and what makes it worse is our own Polesworth Tory Councillors are leading the campaign to destroy it.”
Local Polesworth resident, Simon Rose said;
“This application will add traffic to our already congested roads, it will place further pressure on our schools, doctors and public services and yet again will provide a limited number of affordable homes. In fact, just 12 of the properties will be affordable. What is the point in having homes built locally that are not affordable? We need to protect our green space and our rural village. It’s disappointing the Council haven’t supported local people. They didn’t even secure a reduction in the number of homes as requested at a recent planning meeting. You have to ask the question, what’s the point in these Tory Councillors?”