|Badly needed new homes on the green belt|
A couple of weeks ago I was bemoaning what I consider to be the unacceptable face of development in the Croft Conservation Area in Aldridge. Today I'm back on a similar subject.
|The back elevation of the new church rooms|
|The front elevation of the new church rooms|
|What remains of the 'new' rectory|
Not two paces away from these much needed homes for the well heeled are the remains of what was the Rectory. It never won any awards for its architecture being a house of its time, the 1960s but it will be replaced and will be joined by more large houses in another exclusive development for those who can afford to pay for the views and the exclusivity and where there was one house, there will be several and another little bit of green in our conservation area will be gone.
Another couple of paces bring us to the new Parish Church Rooms. From the front elevation they are reasonably pleasing and I rather like the use of the coloured glass but the view from the back, from the public footpath, well let's be generous and say not quite as much thought went into this elevation and the fence! Who allowed this fence to be erected in the conservation area?
I'm not against all development at all. What I am against is the stealing by stealth of our green belt in order to provide homes for the more affluent in our society who can afford to pay the premium required because possibly/maybe someone had a very dry palm and the developers, land owners needed to buy them moisturiser. I also object to the lack of thought by architects and planners in designing and allowing ugly looking buildings that are not in keeping with their surroundings, to be erected in conservation zones.
Rant over...for now.