Solihull Council has earmarked Balsall Common for a permanent Gypsy/Traveller settlement, as reported in the Birmingham Mail earlier this week. The 15 acre site is between Waste Lane and Old Waste Lane (after the Kelsey Lane and Windmill Lane junction) and could potentially hold 75 vans. Four other new sites in the borough are being considered (Eaves Green Lane- Meriden, School Road- Hockley Heath, Damson Lane- Solihull and Pleck, Shadowbrook Lane). All sites were suggested as the result of a public consultation this Summer.
We spoke to our Parish Councillor David Bell. He said “..the owners put forward the site as having housing potential despite it being in the green belt and that is why it is on the list. Needless to say I shall argue that it isn’t appropriate and at 4 acres isn’t needed for travellers. It also forms an important part of the Meriden gap which is at its narrowest at this point between Tile Hill and Balsall Common.”
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Solihull land suggested for future gypsy and traveller sites
But Balsall Common Parish Councillor Dr Peter Lea said: “If the land in Balsall Common was selected as a permanent site we would fight it to the bitter end. “It is green belt land which travellers have no right to use and develop. …