By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 03 October 2013 Updated: 04/10 07:30
AN ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly house has been given planning permission despite concerns about access on to a busy road.
Councillors voted to approve the home on Feckenham Road at a Redditch Borough Council planning meeting on Wednesday, September 25, after highways officers raised no concerns about the site.
But Coun Roger Bennett said he felt they had not fully considered the dangers of the access, adding he believed many motorists exceeded the speed limit along the stretch of road, which includes a bridge crossing The Wharrage brook.
“I believe to gain access from the site you need to get the bonnet of your car into the middle of the road before you can see properly in both directions. I fully support the ecology of the house but am speaking against this on the basis of access to the property.”
Resident Susan Oddy said she felt the new access would pose further dangers due to its proximity to the bridge.
“Seldom a day goes by without the sound of a screech of brakes, some cars have landed in ditches and one vehicle got stuck diagonally across the bridge.”
Applicant Rob Pearce, who will be building the home on the land attached to his current property, said he and his wife intended to move into the new house to reduce the upkeep work needed on their grounds.
“We will be using the access daily and have no desire to expose ourselves or other road users to any unnecessary risk.”
He added the materials used, including render and timber weather-boarding, would be a ‘benchmark’ for sustainable construction in the borough.
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