PLANS for a major housing development in Stourport have been given the green light despite concerns over traffic congestion. 

The proposal, by Taylor Wimpey, will see up to 94 homes and a care home built at the former Parsons Chain factory site off Worcester Road.

At a meeting of Wyre Forest District Council's planning committee this week, some concerns were raised over the congestion of roads surrounding the site. 

Stourport Town councillor Tim Berry spoke at the meeting and said that the plan, as well as other housing developments in the Stourport area, will only add to the town's traffic problem. 

He said: "The road system at this moment definitely will not cope with that. It's hardly coping now."

Councillor Chris Rogers said he was "absolutely disgusted" that the only access point to the homes would be off Hartlebury Road, removing the Worcester Road point which was previously used.

"It needs access both ways to function. Just having access onto that site from one point is going to make a bottleneck," he said. 

Although she acknowledged a "massive traffic issue," councillor Claire Barnett recommended the plan for approval saying it "makes sense to utilise the site."

This was seconded by councillor Vicky Caulfield, who said: "We can't refuse this because of car culture. It would be a shame not to use this site for housing". 

Councillor Marcus Hart said: "If we are true to our word that we want to develop on these brownfield sites - if you can't build here, then what hope have we got?"

Councillor Fran Oborski added: "As far as I'm concerned, before we put a single piece of concrete on a single blade of grass in the green belt, we should be building on our brownfield sites and this is an absolutely classic brownfield site."

Members of the planning committee voted unanimously to approve the application.