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Hopwood misses out on crossing

Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:52:46

Hopwood residents have been “sadly let down” by Bromsgrove planners, according to independent district councillor Charlie Hotham.

Coun Hotham has been pressing for improvements to the main road through the hamlet, including a crossing, as laid out in the Longbridge Area Action Plan (LAAP).

Money was intended to be provided under a “106 agreement” with the Longbridge area developer, St Modwen, but this is now to all be spent “propping up” Birmingham City Council, according to Coun Hotham.

This was agreed by Bromsgrove’s planning committee last month in approving permission for the latest phase of new homes on the former MG Rover site in Cofton Hackett, despite the LAAP forming part of the recently adopted Bromsgrove District Plan.

“Residents were entitled to rely on this plan and have been sadly let down by Bromsgrove’s planning department which now says it’s irrelevant,” Coun Hotham told The Village.

“It is particularly galling that of the 106 money coming from the development, £90,000 is being used to revamp the folly off the Monument Lane car park. That £90,000 would have gone a long way towards the crossing so desperately needed in Hopwood.

“And then to top it all, the development is going to be 95 houses short, which will end up on our Green Belt.”

Meanwhile, in his new role as the county councillor for Alvechurch, Coun Hotham has been tackling an accumulation of other highway problems in Hopwood, including the installation of bollards to prevent lorries parking on the verge heading down to the M42.

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