TIME is running out for people battling a planned large housing development on Stourport farm land to voice their objections to the proposals.
Outline planning applications to build 125 properties on land known as The Snipes at Areley Common in Astley Cross have been submitted to both Wyre Forest and Malvern Hills District Councils, who each cover part of the land.
The consultation to make comments to Wyre Forest ended earlier this month but people are invited to make representations to Malvern Hills’ planners until March 20.
According to the proposal, 40 per cent of the properties will be affordable housing while there will also be provision for care apartments, public open space and a children’s play area.
But the proposal has sparked fierce criticism from residents in and around the area who are concerned about the impact on traffic, services and the countryside in Stourport.
Concerned residents have also set up a “Save Our Snipes” Facebook page which has prompted much discussion about the issue.
Hundreds of Stourport residents have submitted objections to Malvern Hills District Council about the development.
The council is expected to grant delegated authority to Malvern Hills planning officers to make a decision on the application.
Wyre Forest planners are currently assessing the representations received and the application could go before the planning committee next month.
In November last year, the site was subject to an application from Planning Prospects to build stables for three horses, which Stourport Councillor Jamie Shaw dismissed as a mere tactic to establish a change of use principle for the area. Both Wyre Forest District and Malvern Hills District Councils rejected the proposal.
Councillor Shaw said: “The period for voicing objections is coming to an end and there has been a huge response already.
“Back when the stables application went in, 114 objections were received by Wyre Forest and I expect there to be more for this.
“At a public meeting in February, the room was packed and people had to stand in the corridors.
“There are very strong planning reasons against this application and I expect both councils to refuse it. I then fully expect Gladman will take this to appeal.”
In their plans, Gladman said the need for more housing in both Wyre Forest and Malvern Hills is the driving factor for the scheme.
They say the development would also bring benefits to the area including creating jobs, boosting the local economy in addition to providing affordable housing.
People can make comments by visiting the Malvern Hills District Council website here.