Whitford Road application back before Bromsgrove planners

By Beth Sharp Thursday 07 August 2014 Updated: 07/08 22:43

THE CONTROVERSIAL proposals for 490 homes to be built on Whitford Road will go back before Bromsgrove District Council’s planning committee on Thursday (August 14).

The outline application, which last went before the committee at the Spadesborne Suite at a meeting on June 30, is recommended for approval by planning officers. If it goes through, delegated powers will be granted to the officers to determine it pending several conditions. These include financial contributions from the developers for highways and transport improvements and the securing of 40 per cent affordable housing on the site - up to 196 properties.

The matter was deferred at the last meeting to give Highways chiefs the chance to come up with some alternative proposals for the surrounding roads and to see the outcome of a motion for a Western Bypass. That drew loud cheers and applause from the public gallery which was packed out by more than 150 residents and campaigning councillors.

But the Western Bypass motion was defeated at a meeting of the full Worcestershire County Council on July 3.

The developers - Catesby Estates Ltd and Miller Homes - backed by the county’s Highways department - have always claimed, contrary to the views of many residents and councillors, the proposed road and junction layouts and additional traffic signals were sufficient for the 490 homes.

Worcestershire Highways chiefs said, after taking another look at the road and junction layouts and traffic signals, they had decided to make no alterations to its original recommendations and conclusion that there would be no severe impact on the road around the site.

They have, therefore, left the plans unchanged.

As with the last meeting, this one will take place at 6pm in the Spadesbourne Suite on Burcot Lane, rather than the Council House to give more residents the chance to attend.

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