A PLAN to build more than a hundred new homes at the old Stourport Sixth Form Centre site has been refused by the council's planning committee.

Residents previously raised concerns that proposals would cause major traffic congestion and potential danger.

The proposed development from Taylor Wimpey would have seen 110 new homes built, including 18 affordable homes, access and public open space.

Concerns were raised over the potential for traffic “gridlock” near the planned access point in Coniston Crescent - a popular walking route for schoolchildren from the nearby Burlish Park Primary School.

The Kingsway was also considered as an alternative access point for the proposed development, and the preferred site of councillors.

The purpose of the application was to generate funding for essential maintenance work at Stourport High School and to provide a new 3G sports pitch.

Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee voted to unanimously reject the application last week.

Councillor Marcus Hart forwarded a motion for refusal, which was seconded by councillor Fran Oborski.

Councillor Oborski said: “I they had come forward with this exact application but with the access from the Kingsway I would have been happy to move or second approval.

“But with the access off Coniston Crescent, whatever the highways officers say, and I bow to their expertise, but having been out there and seen it on the ground, in bad weather as well as in good weather, I don’t think it’s an acceptable access.

“I don’t think it’s fair on the other residents of that estate, particularly the residents of Coniston Crescent, and therefore I’m sorry but I have to second refusal.”

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey said: “We have received the refusal decision notice from Wyre Forest District Council regarding our proposed development off Coniston Crescent in Stourport.

"We are currently reviewing the feedback and our position with regards to the site.”