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Parish and residents seek legal opinion over challenge to 88 new homes

Posted on January 18 2012 at 6:28:22

Barnt Green Parish Council is seeking legal opinion over a possible challenge to the decision to allow 88 new homes on the fields of Fiery Hill.

A meeting on Monday evening decided that the village should not just give in after Bromsgrove District Council’s planning committee gave Banner Homes outline permission for the development on a very sensitive site.

A parish council spokesman said there was “obvious disappointment” that Bromsgrove felt there were no planning grounds to object to the scheme when almost everyone in Barnt Green felt there were.

He said the parish would pay for the legal opinion on whether there was a case to seek a judicial review of Bromsgrove’s decision.

If there was a case, it would then be up to the residents of Barnt Green to decide if they wanted to take up the fight – and find the substantial funds to pay for such a legal action.

A residents’ association, which is to be called The Barnt Green Association, is being established and held its first “emergency” meeting on January 7 after it became clear the planning committee was to be asked to make a decision on January 9.

This association is expected to be the vehicle by which such a decision and fund-raising could be made.

In a letter to residents, the association also sets out what might happen if legal opinion is that a judicial review is unlikely to succeed.

“If the answer is negative, then at least we shall know that all avenues in this direction have been explored,” it says.

“We shall then take what steps we can to modify the proposals - reducing the housing density, insisting on quality, expressing views on landscape and appearance.”

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