By Connie Osborne Thursday 21 March 2013 Updated: 22/03 07:30
MORE than 60 residents rallied together in a bid to stop plans to build 350 homes in Alcester.
During an emergency town council meeting held at Globe House on Monday (March 18), residents voiced their concerns over two proposals to build houses on Allimore Lane.
Despite Bloor Homes Ltd holding a public exhibition last Thursday (March 14), many people still felt not enough information was available and the plans would have a detrimental impact on the town.
Andy Mann from Eclipse Road Residents Group said he had 'serious concerns' about the application and was dismayed at the inadequate information submitted by planners.
Resident Wolfgang Gorner said local schools and health care services were already full and if approved, the homes would completely change the size of the town leaving residents 'carrying the can'.
Councillors supported concerns, with a shortage of recreation space, healthcare capacity and few employment opportunities being raised as potential problems.
Coun Nina Knapman said new residents could end up leaving Alcester during the day to go to work.
"So we would become a satellite town which is no good for growth. We get all this baggage with no gain. What does Alcester get out of it?
"We get flooding for members potentially and we get nothing in recreation which we badly need and possibly car parking."
Mayor Lennox Cumberbatch said the council had objected to original plans submitted in January because they had not taken account of traffic on Birmingham Road, parking issues and oversubscription at schools, adding residents should write to Stratford-on-Avon District Council with their concerns ahead of the decision which will be made on May 23 at St Benedict's High School.
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