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Parkgate rejection is right decision - Burt

December 10, 2010 2:17 PM

Solihull MP Lorely Burt has welcomed Solihull Planning Committee's decision to reject the controversial 'Parkgate' scheme that would have devastated local green spaces.

Mrs Burt, who spoke against the proposals at the planning meeting last night, said:

'It is a great relief to me, and to the thousands of residents who didn't want to see their green spaces lost by this proposal. We would have been forced to destroy a ring of centuries old oak trees and many other mature trees and ancient hedgerows in the park to make way for an ASDA superstore.

'That isn't what we want for Shirley and, more importantly, it isn't what Shirley residents want for their area.'

Lorely has now set her sights on putting together a fairer, greener and better deal to help regenerate Shirley.

Mrs Burt commented: 'I've fought alongside residents for many years to make sure that this scheme is rejected. Now that this has happened, we can seriously look at a way to re-develop Shirley in a way that fits in with the needs and wishes of the people who actually live there.'