LOCAL MP and Education Secretary is to visit the controversial ‘Mappleborough Woods’ site which is the subject of plans to build 236 new homes.
Mr Zahawi, MP for Stratford, is coming at the invitation of pupils at Mappleborough Green Primary School who have joined with villagers and people in nearby Winyates Green to fight to retain the woods.
The visit comes at an opportune moment as a report before Redditch Borough Council’s executive committee this week highlighted that under current plans to 2040, the town is scheduled to deliver an astonishing 2,241 more homes than is required under the government’s current standard housing method.
The news comes after council officers commissioned a Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) which looked in more detail at local housing issues, as well as the requirement for new housing as required by government.
‘Mappleborough Woods’ is significant as it acts as a green buffer and wildlife haven between Winyates Green and Mappleborough Green.
It is recognised as a have for wildlife.
Developer Morris Homes has dubbed the site ‘Mappleborough Woods’ an irony not lost on local campaigners who point out the trees in ‘Mappleborough Woods’ would have to be felled to make way for the development.
The cross-border plans – which cover venture into both Warwickshire and Worcestershire, envisage 210 homes falling with Redditch Borough and 26 homes with Stratford District.
Maureen Berry, chair of governors at Mappleborough Green Primary School said: “As chair of governors I’m very pleased at the interest shown by pupils in the environment.
“For youngsters aged 10 and 11 – as well as for adults – the issue of biodiversity and the wellbeing of wildlife is of huge importance.”
The plans are available to see on the Stratford District Council website, plan No: 20/01650/FUL