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Anger over homes plan

Posted on April 20 2012 at 12:04:00

Councillors Rod Laight and Caroline Spencer with Jeremy Drew

Sarah Rees reports from Bromsgrove’s biggest estate – which may get bigger . . .

Around 400 residents from the Oakalls estate attended a public consultation at St Godwald’s Church Hall in Aston Fields. The meeting, organised by Bromsgrove councillors for the Slideslow Ward, provided an opportunity for residents to view design concepts for the redevelopment of the land at Regents Park Road and Royal Worcester Crescent.

Newland Homes’  head of land, Andrew Billings, was in attendance to answer residents’ queries, along with design director Jeremy Drew and design manager Tom Sheppard.

The proposal includes 39 predominantly semi-detached houses plus two retail units. Newland Homes describe this as a modest change to the estate and less overbearing than the 58 dwellings proposed in 2006, for which planning was refused.

The new homes would be set behind a hedgerow and the existing footpath would remain.

While Newland Homes appear to have given careful consideration to the look and feel of the development, this was not enough to placate some very angry residents.

Objections included the social housing provision, the exacerbation of existing traffic problems, the current oversubscription of local schools and alcohol problems associated with having a corner shop.

“The thought of up to 70 more cars on the estate fills me with dread,” said Ruth Phillips who lives on Celeste Road. “They are putting profit before the local community. The feeling among residents is very strong. What Newlands is offering is shocking.”

Sophie Finneran, of Palmyra Road, added: “People paid a premium to live on the estate and do not want affordable housing built here. The houses should be detached properties, in keeping with the area.” 

At least one resident attending the meeting saw the positive side of future plans. Len Alcock, who has lived on Katmandu Road since 2002, said “We might be looking to downsize in a few years time and would like to remain on The Oakalls. The smaller houses proposed would really suit us.”

Residents wishing to contact Newland Homes can do so by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or writing to: Feedback, Newland Homes Ltd, 8 Lansdown Place, Cheltenham GL50 2HU.

Pictured above: Bromsgrove councillors Rod Laight and Caroline Spencer with Newland Homes design director Jeremy Drew (right) and the homes plans.

The estate will be turning red, white and blue on Sunday May 27, when residents are invited to gather for a right royal picnic in the park, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The new Oakalls and Parklands Community Events Association, with the support of a number of stalwart residents, has been busy planning the party, which is free and open to all residents of the Oakalls and Parklands, including friends and family. The more, the merrier.

The party starts at 3pm in the park by the children’s play area, off Cirencester Close. Entertainment will include a traditional fairground organ, with the more laid-back sounds of a string quartet later in the afternoon. Oakalls resident Richard Lawton, the club coach from Bromsgrove Tennis Club, will be arranging fun games for the children with prizes and winners’ certificates.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own picnic and blanket but refreshments will be available to buy, including Donatello’s Jubilee-themed ice-creams and refreshing Tardebigge cider, served from a vintage cider bar. 

The event has been funded by County Councillor Emma Moffett’s discretionary Divisional Fund, and co-ordinated with the help of District Councillor Caroline Spencer in conjunction with a group of very hardworking residents. Further details and updates can be found by visiting

Talking of Facebook, the Oakalls page now has 76 likes but more importantly users are starting to post thoughts, ideas and views so it is becoming a really useful way of opening the channels of communication between residents. Please check it out, leave comments and post any news you may have.

The date for this year’s Christmas carols and Santa event has been set for Sunday December 23.

Contact me with your views and concerns about any aspect of life on the estate at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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