By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 17 October 2013 Updated: 18/10 07:46
AN ANGRY resident has set up a website and petition in a bid to stop building in Winyates Green.
Proposals to site 177 houses on the area near the A435 which are included in the local plan, which sets out where homes will be built until 2030, have raised concerns among residents who claim they were not consulted thoroughly enough before the document was approved by councillors.
A representations period which runs until November 11 enables people to submit reasons why they feel aspects of the plan are unsound but Robert McColl is hoping to reverse councillors’ decisions before the proposals are sent to the planning inspectorate and officially adopted, expected to take place by the end of next year.
Speaking at a Redditch Borough Council meeting on Monday (October 14), he said the authority had claimed the plan was influenced by the community but he saw little evidence this had been ‘robustly pursued’.
He called on the council to jointly organise with residents an exhibition at the community centre and for people to be given the time and opportunity to fully understand the proposals and their implications.
But council leader Bill Hartnett said: “Residents in all wards were consulted in line with the adopted procedures in the council’s statement of community involvement.
“This current stage of the plan process requires residents to indicate what parts of the plan are unsound and officers are available to help anyone to understand the forms that need to be filled in to register the residents’ comments.”
Planning officers are available from 10am to 4pm weekdays if residents ask at the Town Hall reception, on October 22 and November 5 between 4pm and 8pm in the committee rooms and on October 26 and November 9 from 9am to 11.30am.
Visit www.keepourgreen.com for more information about Mr McColl’s campaign.
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