Decision on Whitford homes deferred

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BROMSGROVE planners decided to defer a decision on the building of 490 homes in Whitford.

The application from Catesby Estates Ltd and Miller Homes Ltd went before Bromsgrove District Council's planning committee meeting held this evening, (April 28).

A packed council chamber heard a lengthy debate on the issues surrounding the application, particularly concerns raised about the increased traffic congestion that could be caused by the application going ahead.

These concerns were rejected by Worcestershire County Council highways authority and the applicants.

A motion was put forward for determination of the application to be deferred so further meetings could be held to look again at the traffic concerns.

A vote was taken, with the majority of members voting in favour of the motion.

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9:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Mysticpuma says...

Christ alive....are they for real? Quote regarding traffic concerns by local residents:
"These concerns were rejected by Worcestershire County Council highways authority and the applicants".
So what now. Do we need video of the School run in the morning to show just how much traffic uses this road and Millfields? When did they measure the traffic? Bank Holiday's?
Did they see this video from a normal day on the road at 8.55am on a school-day morning?

http://youtu.be/y39w
BFt5t7w

This area will be grid-locked and the residents of the Deansway estate and nearby estates will be effectively locked in until after school runs finish.

The suggestion of blocking Fox Lane, diverting traffic around Deansway and then bringing it back onto Fox Lane is effectively a blight on the local property prices and the suggestion that by doing this it will cause traffic to go through Bromsgrove instead is preposterous! Have you seen the Kidderminster Road by St. John's on a School morning? And you want to add another 490 cars to it?

Seriously if the Council is so desperate to get Government money for building houses put them somewhere that the infrastructure can at-least stand it, but with no roads other than one solitary thoroughfare called Fox Lane (into Whitford) this has no infrastructure available to take the demand of at-least another 400+ cars every morning!

Also, where do they think the kids will go to school? Already the local school's are at capacity?

Completely mental decision. It's about time the Council listened to the people who actually live in these areas and not look at a piece of paper that says "don't worry, it wont affect where you live, it's just the local residents and not a concern to you and clique".

I truly despair at the comment about the amount of new traffic to be generated: "These concerns were rejected by Worcestershire County Council highways authority and the applicants".
Christ alive....are they for real? Quote regarding traffic concerns by local residents: "These concerns were rejected by Worcestershire County Council highways authority and the applicants". So what now. Do we need video of the School run in the morning to show just how much traffic uses this road and Millfields? When did they measure the traffic? Bank Holiday's? Did they see this video from a normal day on the road at 8.55am on a school-day morning? http://youtu.be/y39w BFt5t7w This area will be grid-locked and the residents of the Deansway estate and nearby estates will be effectively locked in until after school runs finish. The suggestion of blocking Fox Lane, diverting traffic around Deansway and then bringing it back onto Fox Lane is effectively a blight on the local property prices and the suggestion that by doing this it will cause traffic to go through Bromsgrove instead is preposterous! Have you seen the Kidderminster Road by St. John's on a School morning? And you want to add another 490 cars to it? Seriously if the Council is so desperate to get Government money for building houses put them somewhere that the infrastructure can at-least stand it, but with no roads other than one solitary thoroughfare called Fox Lane (into Whitford) this has no infrastructure available to take the demand of at-least another 400+ cars every morning! Also, where do they think the kids will go to school? Already the local school's are at capacity? Completely mental decision. It's about time the Council listened to the people who actually live in these areas and not look at a piece of paper that says "don't worry, it wont affect where you live, it's just the local residents and not a concern to you and clique". I truly despair at the comment about the amount of new traffic to be generated: "These concerns were rejected by Worcestershire County Council highways authority and the applicants". Mysticpuma
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9:46pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Iain Leav says...

Disappointing that the decision was differed.

Building a large development on the west side of the town with no local amenities or public transport would clearly and necessarily bring a huge amount of traffic which would have to pass thought the town centre in order to reach anywhere beyond the town. At peak times Whitford Road, Fox Lane and the A448 currently all come to a complete halt with it frequently taking over half an hour to travel less than a mile into the town.

I have seen no reasonable solution to this issue proposed. Is the hope just to push this through with repeated attempts and never mind the consequences for the town or its residents?
Disappointing that the decision was differed. Building a large development on the west side of the town with no local amenities or public transport would clearly and necessarily bring a huge amount of traffic which would have to pass thought the town centre in order to reach anywhere beyond the town. At peak times Whitford Road, Fox Lane and the A448 currently all come to a complete halt with it frequently taking over half an hour to travel less than a mile into the town. I have seen no reasonable solution to this issue proposed. Is the hope just to push this through with repeated attempts and never mind the consequences for the town or its residents? Iain Leav
  • Score: 3

10:34am Tue 29 Apr 14

fielding101@btinternet.com says...

Back to the Dovecote Road rat run this morning with the start of term at Millfields School. Plenty of parking, including all day parking by school staff, an abundance of traffic passing through Dovecote Road to avoid Fox Lane/Worcester Road congestion and just to add to it, the Council Road workers arrive from 8am until 9.30am to re-seat a gutter drain at the junction of Dovecote Road and Martin Close. LOVELY !!!
Back to the Dovecote Road rat run this morning with the start of term at Millfields School. Plenty of parking, including all day parking by school staff, an abundance of traffic passing through Dovecote Road to avoid Fox Lane/Worcester Road congestion and just to add to it, the Council Road workers arrive from 8am until 9.30am to re-seat a gutter drain at the junction of Dovecote Road and Martin Close. LOVELY !!! fielding101@btinternet.com
  • Score: 1

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