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Campaigners hope for changes to district plan
7:20am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Local
CAMPAIGNERS opposing proposals to meet Redditch’s future housing needs by allocating land for nearly 3,000 new houses on the Bromsgrove greenbelt are holding out hope for a meeting between Bromsgrove planning department and a government minister.
The meeting, which is being held today with government minister Nick Boles, is to discuss whether greenbelt will take precedence over the duty to cooperate with a neighbouring council’s housing needs, and could cause the council to reconsider the proposals in its district plan.
Currently, a consultation is underway into the legal compliance and soundness of the proposals, which ends on Monday, November 11.
The issues were discussed at a recent meeting of the Bentley Area Action Group, which is opposing the idea of land being allocated for Redditch housing in the Foxlydiate and Bentley area of greenbelt.
Concerns were also raised at the meeting, that few Bromsgrove residents seemed to know about the proposals, which have been discussed as part of the Bromsgrove District Plan for the last three years, despite the fact that they could involve thousands of Redditch houses being built in the Bromsgrove countryside, with serious implications on both the character of the area, and traffic around the golf centre island at the end of the Redditch-Bromsgrove Highway before 2030.
For more information on the proposals, visit the ‘Bromsgrove District Plan’ at bromsgrove.gov.uk/cms/environment-and-planning/planning.aspx or residents can put their queries to council planning officers at the Burcot House on Thursday, October 31 from 4-8pm or at the customer service centre, School Drive, on Saturday, November 2 from 9-11.30am. Alternatively they can call 01527 881238 for more information on the proposals.
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