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MP Raises Concerns Over the Development of Stirchley

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Plans to demolish two Victorian family homes in Stirchley, replacing them with a five-storey block of student apartments, has led to a scathing attack by Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe.

According to McCabe, the development could be the beginning of the end for the area's independent character and could become the next hotspot for profit-hungry landlords.

The MP has urged planning chiefs to stand up against schemes that increase the student population in the area to prevent the suburb from ending up like its neighbouring Bournbrook.

In a letter to the council's planning chief, he said: "The planning committee cannot and should not stand by and allow the unique character of this area to be lost in the thirst for profits from another student landlord."

"Purpose built student accommodation and HMO's have all but taken over the neighbouring Bournbrook area and we know from experience that is extremely difficult to limit the number of small HMO's that will inevitably grow in Stirchley if it becomes an extension of Bournbrook and the new target of landlords whose only interest is to make a profit."

Mr McCabe suggests the plans are inappropriate and out of keeping with the residential area used by families, young professionals and older people.

He also raised concerns about the scale of the development, as well as the demand for this type of accommodation given it is not in close proximity to the major university campuses.