Wyre Forest will not challenge plans for 62 homes just outside its border

HOPES HIT: Resident Alan Smith, left and Labour councillor Jamie Shaw. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 091302L

HOPES HIT: Resident Alan Smith, left and Labour councillor Jamie Shaw. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 091302L

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to build homes at Astley Cross, just beyond Wyre Forest's boundary, will not be challenged by the district's council, it has been announced.

Bovis Homes has outline planning permission to build 62 houses on a field between Pearl Lane, Areley Common and Malvern Edge Court - just outside Wyre Forest.

Campaigners had hoped the approval would be challenged by the district council but, instead, the authority says it will accept the decision but try to persuade neighbouring authority Malvern Hills District Council and the developers to use financial contributions to offset any effect the new homes would have on Wyre Forest.

Malvern Hills District Council's decision to approve the plans has been met with anger in Areley Kings and Stourport as council tax, new homes bonus and section 106 money would go to Malvern Hills but potential new residents would use schools, surgeries and other services in cash-strapped Wyre Forest.

It had also been argued the development was not needed, as Wyre Forest had already allocated its new housing needs until 2026 and the site had not appeared in Malvern Hills' South Worcestershire Development Plan, although it is now likely to revise that document and include it.

Campaigners had hoped Wyre Forest, which originally opposed the application, would appeal against the decision but a statement from the authority released last week said: "The council has confirmed that, having examined the options carefully, it does not intend to challenge the decision on the planning application."

Conservative Wyre Forest district councillor John Campion, cabinet member for planning and economic regeneration, said: "We have invested in an up-to-date local plan to support economic and housing growth and to protect our communities from unplanned developments.

"We continue to press our neighbouring authorities to do the same and, where appropriate, to make sure they fund local infrastructure in Wyre Forest for any developments adjacent to our district's boundaries.

"In respect of Astley Cross, Wyre Forest District Council will continue to support the adoption of the South Worcestershire Development Plan to deter any future development proposals in the locality.

"We will also seek appropriate use of the developer's contributions for the 62 dwellings that have received outline permission, particularly in respect of affordable housing provision and public open space in Wyre Forest. We look forward to a positive outcome from discussions with Malvern Hills about these issues."

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9:38am Thu 3 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Perhaps in the interests of intergenerational equity, and a resilient community, all developer's contributions should also include provision for loss of previous open space. This could be done by providing one small plot near the housing with say a basketball hoop, a circular path for youngsters to skate board/bike-ride and a swing. This is done overseas in first world countries. Rather than as now happens in the UK, that children are left to 'kick cans down the street'- as in third world countries. What's the point of being a rich country if we're mean-spirited to the 'cooped up' children of the UK? Is this really too much to expect. Its not just about the economy.
Perhaps in the interests of intergenerational equity, and a resilient community, all developer's contributions should also include provision for loss of previous open space. This could be done by providing one small plot near the housing with say a basketball hoop, a circular path for youngsters to skate board/bike-ride and a swing. This is done overseas in first world countries. Rather than as now happens in the UK, that children are left to 'kick cans down the street'- as in third world countries. What's the point of being a rich country if we're mean-spirited to the 'cooped up' children of the UK? Is this really too much to expect. Its not just about the economy. Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 7

12:42pm Thu 3 Jul 14

CynicalSid says...

An idea location for a Tesco's Express to serve the expanding "village"
An idea location for a Tesco's Express to serve the expanding "village" CynicalSid
  • Score: 3

1:57pm Thu 3 Jul 14

emjaypee says...

Did anyone really expect that WF Cllrs have any say on a neighbouring authority planning issue... get real. All they would ever due is pay lip service.
Did anyone really expect that WF Cllrs have any say on a neighbouring authority planning issue... get real. All they would ever due is pay lip service. emjaypee
  • Score: 4

9:39pm Thu 3 Jul 14

gypsyman1 says...

so how do the people of Arley kings expect to win against Tesco lol, counsel abusively smelt money somewhere along the line, get ready Tesco will be hear soon lol
so how do the people of Arley kings expect to win against Tesco lol, counsel abusively smelt money somewhere along the line, get ready Tesco will be hear soon lol gypsyman1
  • Score: 1

11:13pm Sat 5 Jul 14

John Herbert Smith says...

WHY ARE WE BULLDOZING GREEN FIELDS WHEN THERE ARE PLENTY OF DERELICT SITES IN KIDDERMINSTER AND STOURPORT THAT COULD BE USED?

For goodness sake this has got to stop - and no, I don't live anywhere near this proposed development.

This is just GREEDY developers wanting to line their pockets before moving onto the next village.
WHY ARE WE BULLDOZING GREEN FIELDS WHEN THERE ARE PLENTY OF DERELICT SITES IN KIDDERMINSTER AND STOURPORT THAT COULD BE USED? For goodness sake this has got to stop - and no, I don't live anywhere near this proposed development. This is just GREEDY developers wanting to line their pockets before moving onto the next village. John Herbert Smith
  • Score: 10

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