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Here comes Redditch - again

Posted on February 18 2010 at 2:21:29

The threat of Redditch creeping within earshot of Alvechurch village has re-emerged barely weeks after council chiefs hailed the scrapping of plans for a 6,000-home “Bordesley Park” housing estate.

A joint Bromsgrove/Redditch consultation on “Growth options for Redditch” is now highlighting three areas to take up to 3,000 new homes. And all three are in Green Belt land to the north and north-west of Redditch.

One would fill much of the open countryside between Redditch and Tardebigge, while the other two options are either side of the Birmingham Road in Bordesley, inside the Alvechurch parish boundary.

In November last year, after the publication of the West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy, The Village reported Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth as saying: “I hope that Bordesley and Rowney Green will now be safe for some time.”

We have been contacted by concerned residents in Bordesley who now fear they are right back under the development spotlight.

The councils’ “special consultation” says development to the south-west of Redditch or the town’s open spaces has “not been considered on sustainability grounds”. It adds that an option to develop land at Beoley has not been included “at this stage”.

The document says the option to build on the fields to the east of the Birmingham Road at Bordesley would be “strategically accessible, being within easy reach of junction 2 of the M42” – but it wouldn’t guarantee the long-awaited bypass, only “potentially encourage progression” of one.

It also admits there is no obvious boundary to development in either these fields or those in the option to the west of Birmingham Road. It also recognises that any development here will “reduce the gap with Birmingham”.

Public sessions have already been held in Redditch and the consultation says meetings will also be held in Alvechurch, Beoley and Tutnall and Cobley.
For more information, call Bromsgrove planning officers on 01527 881316 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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