By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 01 October 2013 Updated: 02/10 13:58
PLANS to build homes on a 'dangerous' bend have been dismissed over safety concerns.
Councillors voted to refuse an application to site 12 houses on the corner of Wirehill Drive in Lodge Park after councillors and residents spoke out against the plans.
John Crowe told the Redditch Borough Council planning committee on Wednesday (September 25) one of the accesses to the site - which is currently used by residents as a play area - was dangerous and the other was 'also bad'.
"This is the only area children have got to play in at all. I hope the committee see reason and keep it as a play area, there's nowhere else for them to play other than the streets.
"Who is going to be responsible for the first main disaster that happens on that corner?"
Coun Andy Fry, who also spoke out against the plans at a previous meeting where the decision was delayed to allow councillors time to visit the site, said himself and fellow ward councillor Mark Shurmer had themselves nearly been involved in accidents on the bend.
"This area of Wirehill Drive is a dangerous bend which comes down at almost a 90 degree angle.
"It is a well known area for near misses. This could be an accident waiting to happen and the development is of no benefit to the local community at all.
"One access would have been dangerous enough but we have two here."
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