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Will Foxlydiate homes lift pressure?

Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:54:56

Plans for more than 2,500 homes have been approved, mainly on former Bromsgrove Green Belt land at the border with Redditch.

But planners have so far failed to confirm this will lift pressure to build on the Green Belt fields around our villages, parish councillors heard.

The land, on the Bromsgrove side of Foxlydiate Lane, was initially released to help Redditch to meet its housing target of around 6,500 new homes by 2030.

Since then, the national system for calculating housebuilding need has changed, meaning Redditch’s target is likely to be almost 3,000 homes lower.

Village councillors say this means the 2,560 homes agreed for Foxlydiate should now be included in Bromsgrove’s housing land supply figures.

Bromsgrove district and Alvechurch parish councillor Sue Baxter told the parish council:  “We agreed the housing for Foxlydiate towards Redditch and now Bromsgrove doesn’t have a five-year land supply and that leaves us exposed to developers.”

Parish chairman Marc Worrall asked: “Can it be that this housing supply can be retrospectively counted towards Bromsgrove’s?”

Coun Charlie Hotham replied: “We keep asking that question, but we do not get told that this will happen. It is not overspill, Redditch doesn’t need it and I am at a loss to understand how it was approved.”

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