By Tristan Harris Tuesday 10 September 2013 Updated: 12/09 00:06
A HOUSING development for 175 properties in Hagley is now a step closer after a series of reserved matters were approved by Bromsgrove District Council's planning committee.
Residents had voiced concerns about the outline proposal for land off Kidderminster Road.
These included internal access, the appearance of the properties, the layout of the site, the scale and landscaping issues, but they were all dismissed by members, with eight voting for and two against. There were two abstentions.
Paul Thatcher, who has lived in Brook Crescent for 32 years, was one of the people to speak on the night.
He said the people of Hagley were not over the moon but, if there had to be homes built, they needed to be the right kind of homes.
He labelled some of the housing designs basic, unimaginative and unsuitable for the village.
"If you must build houses in view of my bedroom window, please make them easy on the eye," he said.
He said two apartment blocks planned for the site looked more like a remand home.
The houses will be made up of 22 with two bedrooms, 36 with three, 55 will have four bedrooms and there will be 29 five-bedroom houses.
There will also be bungalows - 12 with two bedrooms and three with three. Twelve of the apartments will be one-bedroom and the other six will have two.
A spokesperson for the applicant, CALA Homes, said: "The site presents a wonderful opportunity.
"We know this community has high standards and we know it's a controversial application."
He pointed out there had been three design workshops with urban design advisors and highlighted the application's curved streets, tree-lined roads with front gardens, public open spaces, landscaping and the fact that quality materials would be used.
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