The actual location is not within the Blythe Ward boundary, being just across the road in the Shirley South Ward. However, issues in Highlands Road have a direct effect in Monkspath and I make readers aware.

An application, number 2013/1525, has been submitted to develop land at the rear of the existing Porch showrooms. See via this link:

I am not aware exactly what is to be constructed but I have raised a few issues with the planning officers, such; the height of the buildings (so they do not impose on existing levels, and ensuring there will be sufficient on-site car parking for staff/visitors to the new premises.

Some residents have spoken to me about the development in Highlands Road; being a resident of Monkspath for over 30 years I did know that this land was safeguarded for business purposes when Monkspath was first developed. Indeed, about 4 years ago developers received outline permission to build  hotel further along the road.

We must ensure any development is appropriate and does not infringe our superb local nature reserve on the adjoining land.

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