THE DECISION of whether the controversial Whitford Road development for 505 new homes should go ahead looks set to go to a public inquiry.
Following an appeal by developers Catesby Estates and Miller Homes the Planning Inspectorate is expected to announce a full inquiry should be held.
Bromsgrove District Council’s Planning Committee will now be unable to determine the application but a meeting has been organised for next month to formulate a case, outlining the authority’s stance.
It will be a public meeting in the Fairfield Suite at The Holiday Inn Birmingham, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove, at 6pm on February 13.
The main site in the application, off Whitford Road, has 490 properties, a shop, new access roads, public open space and landscaping planned for it.
The second site would see the Greyhound Inn pub bulldozed to make way for 15 homes and a new roundabout.
The authority’s planning committee deferred the plans in November in front of a packed gallery of campaigners.
They argue the developers have failed to properly assess the site for traffic impact, claiming the already congested local roads would be unable to cope with potentially thousands of extra vehicles.
Campaigners have also called for a Western Relief Road to take traffic around the area and ease any future extra congestion.