350 Alcester homes approved

By Connie Osborne Friday 14 March 2014 Updated: 14/03 10:46

PERMISSION to build 350 homes in Alcester has been given the go-ahead by the government following a lengthy appeal.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles gave the green light to developers who challenged the rejection of the proposals by Stratford-on-Avon District council’s west area planning committee last year.

The applications put forward 190 houses by Gallagher Estates, Pettifer Developments and Bloor Homes Ltd and a further 160 houses by J S Bloor north of Allimore Lane but were thrown out by councillors despite being recommended for approval.

The close proximity of the houses to the A435, the size and number of properties which were deemed ‘unsustainable’ and the detrimental impact of the size and density of the development on already oversubscribed community facilities, were among the reasons for refusal.

Mark Cargill, mayor of Alcester, said he was disappointed in the decision because councillors and residents views were not taken into account.

"We put forward a good case and good argument which was backed up with evidence. The concern we now have is that when a large business with a lot of money behind them go to appeal, planning departments will have to think hard because it is and can be very expensive for them. If they do pass something it could go to appeal and cost them money."

He added: "We have to have evolution we don't want a stagnant town. But its controlled development we want not step change and that's what we are getting."

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