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Stourport residents in village green bid
RESIDENTS of a Stourport estate who fought off a bid from a development company to build more houses on a play area are looking to protect the space for future generations.
In October, 2011, Taylor Wimpey North Midlands were denied planning permission by Wyre Forest District Council ’s planning committee for the change of use to the site at Power Station Road following a passionate objection from neighbours.
Now, residents have submitted an application to Worcestershire County Council to register the land as a town and village green.
The application has been endorsed by Stourport Town Council.
According to Conservative town councillor John Holden , who was Mitton’s district councillor at the time and spoke out against Taylor Wimpey’s application, village green status would mean developers would not be allowed to build on the site in the future.
“Residents were up in arms and Taylor Wimpey disappeared with their tails between their legs,” he told a town council meeting. “Once we have got village green status nobody now or in the future could ever build on that land.”
Joseph Hawkins, of Cutty Sark Drive, wrote to the county council saying the land was frequently used by residents for football and cricket matches, bonfire nights and other special occasions.
Labour’s Jamie Shaw added: “I am in favour of endorsing this application. There is enough development on that particular site already and it is not one of the best constructed.”
Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Jim Parish said: “This is a very small space but an important one.
“I am in favour of green spaces.
This is not a particularly well planned site but it is a shame we have to do this to protect it.”
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