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Inspector’s decision is good news in fight to halt homes

Posted on September 01 2015 at 11:50:20

The news that the Planning Inspector has upheld the Bromsgrove District Council refusal of the application to build 490 houses at Whitford Road is good news for everyone in the district.

The Inspector’s decision regarding this proposal on the western edge of Bromsgrove town should be applauded.

The Bromsgrove Society spoke at the appeal hearing to support and justify the opinion that the current road network is already near to capacity without additional development.

While we accept the need for more houses, this should not be undertaken without an adequate road system and the Inspector agreed with this view. 

There is now an urgent need for Worcestershire County Council to put forward a proper Transport Plan for the Bromsgrove District; tinkering with nearby roads when a planning application comes in is merely window dressing.

When the Whitford Road site was earmarked for potential housing and given ADR status, the only objectors were The Bromsgrove Society on the grounds that the town could not cope with so much extra traffic.

It was the Planning Committee of Bromsgrove Council who turned down this application initially and Whitford Vale Voice who, opposing the scheme from the outset, saw it through to what we believe was the right conclusion.

The professional manner in which they did this illustrates that where there is a strong case, applications for large housing schemes can be successfully fought.

There will be future applications for large housing developments in and around Bromsgrove and with the Perryfields Road planning submission anticipated very soon, let’s hope our planning committee takes an equally firm stance when difficult decisions have to be made.

Des Clarke
For and on behalf of The Bromsgrove Society

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