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Homes vote victory

Posted on June 30 2013 at 10:56:44

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

In something of a landmark victory by the Oakalls Action Group, Bromsgrove’s planners have agreed to a revised homes development in Regents Park Road.

The new plan cuts the number of homes from the previously agreed 39 to 25 and, controversially, there will now be only five “affordable” homes.

This equates to 20 per cent, half the original 40 per cent of affordable homes demanded and agreed by Bromsgrove District Council.

The action group worked directly with the developer, Newland Homes,  to provide input on the new scheme and jointly presented the case in support of the new plans.

Planning councillors approved the plans despite advice from their own officers to refuse them.

The Strategic Planning Manager warned: “The proposal results in the inefficient use of land, provides insufficient affordable housing of the wrong tenure split and provides a high proportion of large detached dwellings which is contrary to policies.”

But the committee went against the advice, saying: “In acknowledging the shortfall in affordable housing provision, the proposed layout, design and lower density of dwellings of the proposal would be more in keeping with the existing development.”

The site was originally intended to be used for shops and a pub to serve the people of the development.

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Tony Allard and Toffee

RABBIT ON THE RUN

A Parklands resident woke to discover three cats sitting on her front lawn, gazing hungrily at a beautiful baby bunny.

A rescue mission ensued involving a number of residents, a blanket and a carrot.

Once the bunny was captured, a group of helpful young children then knocked on doors around the Parklands and the rabbit, called Thumper, was reunited with his owners, Tony Allard and Sally Crowley.

Mr Allard (right) explained that their dog had mischievously opened the latch on the rabbit’s hutch, allowing the four-month-old to escape.

The children had temporarily called the rabbit Toffee and Ms Crowley said she would re-name her pet immediately, in recognition of their help in returning him home safely.

A PRICKLY PLIGHT

There was a less positive outcome for a sick hedgehog discovered on the Oakalls a few days later. She was taken to Willows Hedgehog Rescue in Sidemoor, Bromsgrove, where sadly she died from lungworms.

Hedgehogs are now on a list of Britain’s 10 most endangered animals. According to Willows, garden injuries are high on the list of dangers which these prickly creatures can fall foul of.

Mowing and strimming can lead to broken jaws, lacerations, head traumas and often death. Other garden dangers include slug pellets, netting and ponds with steep edges.
There have been numerous hedgehog sightings on the estate and residents are asked to check long grass and hedgerows before cutting.

If you are lucky enough to have a hedgehog in your garden please look after it carefully. Don’t give them bread or milk, because they are unable to digest it.

You can buy special hedgehog food or give them tinned dog or cat food (chicken flavours preferred), or cat biscuits. 

If you feed the hedgehogs in your garden they are not forced to eat slugs and snails.

Once a hedgehog eats a slug it only takes three weeks before the lungworms are established in the lungs, which leads to pneumonia and then death if not found early enough and treated.

If you find a sick or injured hedgehog contact Willows Hedgehog Rescue on 07518 354408.

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