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Detailed application for Aston Fields housing estate is approved
4:40pm Wednesday 13th February 2013 in News
A DETAILED application for a scheme to build 181 homes in Aston Fields went before Bromsgrove planners on Monday, (February 11).
Bromsgrove District Council’s planning committee originally rejected the application in 2011, but this decision was overturned on appeal with the Planning Inspectorate giving the go-ahead last year.
A reserved matters application, seeking approval for the appearance, layout, scale and landscaping, was considered by the committee at its latest meeting.
Martin Clark spoke on behalf of the Hazelcroft Residents Association, which fought a long-running campaign against the scheme.
Mr Clark raised various issues including there would be no screening and that the traffic increase would lead to traffic chaos at peak times, in the village.
Dean Shaw, from the applicant Redrow Homes, also spoke.
He said: “Over the last six months Redrow has worked closely with the council and been in regular contact.
“As a result, the scheme has altered.”
He highlighted one major change; that outline planning permission was granted for 212 homes but the applicant was now proposing a development of 181.
Councillor John Ruck said that the committee were aware of the residents’ feelings and concerns, but the appeal had been allowed.
Councillor Helen Jones raised concerns about how dark footpaths on the scheme would be, questioning the safety for the public, so proposed a condition be added for additional lighting.
After two votes were taken, the application and the additional condition were approved.
• The committee also considered the modification of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on a Charford Road site, which KFC has planning permission to build a restaurant on.
Savills architects had objected to the TPO being an area order that included trees it considered are not of any visual or amenity benefit, to justify protection.
The tree officer agreed and recommended the order be modified to just protect a group of six red oak trees on the site.
The committee passed the officer’s recommendation.