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Wolverhampton residents' complaints over new homes plan

Plans to build a dozen homes on land near a busy Wolverhampton housing estate have sparked a raft of complaints from residents.

The view up Bayliss Avenue, in Lanesfield. Photo: Google Maps

The area of land earmarked for development is at the rear of Rookery Road, in Lanesfield, with access from Bayliss Avenue – a narrow cul-de-sac off the road.

The application for eight apartments and four houses has been made by Martin Howell of Ultra Developments.

However, Wolverhampton Council's planning department has received a number of letters of objection to proposals from nearby residents.

One Rookery Road resident said: "The buildings, due to the nature of the land, are going to be much higher than my property, giving an overbearing feel with converted loft spaces only compounding the problem further.

“Disposal of surface water into soak aways fears me and has the potential to cause old mineshaft disturbance in my garden, with gallons of water having to go somewhere underground if not pooling to the lower ground in my garden once more.”

The resident also cited disregard for wildlife and its habitat – with even more green space being lost as another reason for objecting.

A Bayliss Avenue resident said: "Our natural open green space views and our wildlife habitats would be lost forever. The exisiting roads around the area are already highly congested and Bayliss Avenue does not have the capacity for any more vehicles.

“The development would cause loss of privacy for the residents and destroy the character of the quiet cul-de-sac. Bayliss Avenue is a steep and narrow cul-de-sac that is already at full capacity with the residents’ own vehicles.”

Another resident added: "The extension of the road will be directly opposite our property. It is already on a terrible blind spot and having more traffic exiting and approaching will be dangerous for us to use our driveway safely.

“Also, it’s on the same road as an infant and junior school. There have been cars crashing into properties as it has such a bad bend with high speed vehicles approaching from the main Birmingham New Road.”

Wolverhampton Council's planning committee will discuss the plans on Tuesday.

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