Disappointed at go-ahead for plans

By Connie Osborne Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 18/04 08:22

AN ENFIELD residents' group has voiced its disappointment after failing to stop 39 homes being built.

Directors of Windsor Heights Management Limited said although they could not stop the plans for Dixon Close from going-ahead, it was not a 'knock-out blow' to the group.

As the Standard reported last week, Redditch Borough Council's planning committee gave the green light to the proposal which included 12 affordable homes and a mix of semi-detached, terraced houses and bungalows, despite residents concerns over traffic congestion and emergency access.

But councillors agreed the application could only go ahead if development traffic used the Enfield Industrial Estate to access the site instead of Dixon Close and an emergency access road would be built from the industrial estate.

A second access road would also have to be created and used by construction traffic until the final plot was built.

Dawn Treasure, a director of WHM, said: "Although we lost our primary objective – that of halting the development – we were very pleased the planning committee insisted no construction traffic is allowed to use Dixon Close."

Josh Lorenta, also a director at WHM, added although the developer had 'won on points, he certainly didn't land us with a knock out blow.'

The group said it was pleased they had met with councillors and formed a worthwhile relationship which they hoped would get help with getting Dixon Close adopted - a process where the road and some other services are handed over and maintained by Worcestershire County Council and the borough council instead of developers.

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