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Development approved

Posted on January 17 2013 at 1:29:38

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Plans for 39 homes, including 15 deemed to be “affordable”, have been approved for the vacant land on Regents Park Road.

This finally ends the chances of a shop and other facilities on the Oakalls – and, in fact, councillors heard almost 200 comments had been received opposing the idea of a shop.

A consultant for The Oakalls Action Group presented the case against the application by Newland Homes to the planning committee. Coun Caroline Spencer also spoke against the application on behalf of the residents.

Following a lengthy debate by the committee, the application was approved unanimously.

After the meeting, ward councillor Rod Laight said he was bitterly disappointed for the residents who had worked so hard at putting the case against some of the details of the application.

He understood and supported their opinions, but the application met all the aspects of planning law and there were no solid planning reasons to turn it down. Work is due to commence in March.

Thanks to a “106” agreement between the council and the developer, £142,604 has been allocated by Newland Homes to help improve the infrastructure and social fabric of the area being developed. It has been confirmed that the money will be allocated in the following way:

* Education contribution for local school expansion/enhancement: £62,604

* Public open space contribution with possibility of a multi-use games area

* De-silting the balancing pond, tree planting, pathways improvement: £80,000

DOGGY DOO
A resident from Green Park Road contacted me in December to complain about dog mess on the estate.

The concerned resident said, “It was on my front lawn area, on the footpaths, at the park. How can we stop this?”

It would be helpful to know if this is a widespread problem. Please email me at the address below.

Festive crowds

FESTIVE FUN
Around 500 people attended the Oakalls festive concert. Residents enjoyed mulled Tardebigge cider and mince pies, with soft drinks, chocolates and glow sticks available for the children.

Sixteen members of the Primrose Hospice Choir led a rousing carol concert before the arrival of Santa, assisted by volunteers from the Bromsgrove Round Table who collected £907 in donations from the estate.

The money raised will help a variety of local charities.

DIARY DATE
Next PACT meeting: Tardebigge and Slideslow
March 2013 – date to be confirmed.
St Godwald’s Church Hall

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

 

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