Bromsgrove group outlines problems with Whitford housing

By Beth Sharp Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 10/03 13:06

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THE GROUP campaigning against the controversial development on Bromsgrove's Whitford Road has submitted a detailed report to the district council outlining its opposition to the scheme.

The 200-page document of detailed evidence, data and analysis was handed to the authority by Whitford Vale Voice on behalf of local residents.

The main objections related to roads, traffic and the sustainability of the site and the group stated it had identified major errors and omissions in respect to the information and data supplied.

They claimed the research illustrated how the predicted traffic flows bared no relation to the journeys undertaken by existing Whitford residents.

The report also stated how the proposals for Fox Lane and its junction with Rock Hill could not be approved under the National Planning Policy Framework, which guides such matters.

Another objection outlined by the group surrounded the developer's failure to take into account the impact of 'rat-running traffic' in Millfields and the rush hour congestion at the junction of Shrubbery and Worcester Road.

The report also said there was a failure to consider the impact of all the other diversions on Whitford Road, the Worcester Road, in the town centre and on Deansway and that the travel times to key local facilities were grossly under-estimated.

Roy Dixon, Whiford Vale Voice's chairman, said he would like to thank those who had supported the group in preparing the detailed dossier of evidence.

He added how the works undertaken to produce such a body of evidence would not have been possible without the support of the local community.

Coun Luke Mallett said: "The local residents have identified and evidenced key and major discrepancies between their experience and local knowledge and the picture being painted by developers.

"I would urge the developers and local authorities to consider carefully the very detailed evidence the local community has now supplied.

"The questions and concerns raised are echoed by the hundreds of objections the council have received from the public."

A Bromsgrove District Council spokesperson said: “As always, we welcome representations from all parties on planning applications.

"All comments will be considered as part of the planning process.”

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