Last ditch appeal to reject Hagley homes scheme made at planning meeting (From Bromsgrove Advertiser)
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Last ditch appeal to reject Hagley homes scheme made at planning meeting
3:10pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Local
A LAST ditch appeal to reject an application for a new housing estate in Hagley was made at the latest meeting of Bromsgrove planners.
Cala Homes Limited’s proposal to build 175 homes on land off Kidderminster Road was fiercely opposed by villagers, including a 4,000-name petition and objections from the parish council.
A year ago, 350 campaigners also marched on Hagley Hall - the home of the land’s previous owner Lord Cobham.
But in April outline planning permission was formally issued following the signing of the Section 106 agreement.
A more detailed application came before Bromsgrove District Council’s planning committee at its latest meeting held yesterday, (September 9).
During the public speaking section Brook Crescent resident, Paul Thatcher, spoke passionately against the plans and appealed for councillors to vote against.
He told planning members the housing types proposed, which would be in view of his bedroom window, were unimaginative and unsuitable for the development.
He added that the three storey buildings would “stick out like a sore thumb”, and asked for the designers to go back to the drawing board.
A speaker on behalf of Cala Homes said although he acknowledged the scheme had been controversial, they had tried to deliver something of exceptional quality and a design solution for a site where people will want to live.
In the debate, a number of councillors spoke in favour of the application and said they liked the designs.
Marlbrook councillor John Ruck said he was in favour of the proposed house types as people liked living in ordinary houses, and other designs did not sell very easily.
Edward Murray, ward member for Sidemoor, said the scheme was good for Hagley as young, first time buyers would not have to leave the area.
In total it took the committee 15 minutes to consider and debate the reserved matters application, approving it on a vote of eight-two with two abstentions.
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