Village homes plans refused

By Beth Sharp Friday 10 January 2014 Updated: 10/01 10:07

PLANS to build 21 homes in a village near Redditch have been thrown out.

The application by Cawdor Capital Hopwood Ltd and Morris Homes Ltd to build on land at the back of Smedley Crooke Place, Hopwood was rejected by Bromsgrove District Council's planning committee on Monday (January 6).

It would have provided seven three-bedroom homes, nine four-bedroom houses and five five-bedroom properties - seven of which would have been shared-ownership.

The committee voted unanimously to refuse permission on account the site was in the greenbelt.

Back in November, councillors requested more information and legal advice from planning officers as, at first, there was some confusion on whether or not the site was classed as greenbelt or brownfield land.

The developers said when the scheme was finished it would not only have helped meet the overwhelming housing needs and demands in the area, but it would also have improved the state of the land which, they said, had been used as a hardcore dumping site for rubbish and rubble - something the parish council had complained to the district council about for years.

Alvechurch Parish Council objected to the application on account it encroached upon the openness of the greenbelt.

And because Hopwood already had a new affordable housing development, it claimed there was not a need for another one in the area.

Tim Parsons, from the Hopwood Residents Association, said: "Quite rightly the planning committee turned down the application.

"Coun Roger Hollingworth, leader of the council, stated it was on brownfield which was disgraceful as was his assertion."

He added it was not in the best interests of the Hopwood residents - who Coun Hollingworth represented as ward councillor - and called for the Bromsgrove District Council leader to resign.

Coun Roger Hollingworth said: "Mr Parsons is entitled to his opinion, but I still disagree with the planning officers, the site is brownfield, and what could come now may be far worse than the housing."

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