AROUND one hundred homes are set to be built in Bewdley after plans were given the go ahead by Wyre Forest District Council.

The outline planning application for 100 homes on Stourport Road was recommended for approval before the meeting subject to financial contributions from the developer.

Around 25 per cent of the dwellings will be affordable and development will include a children’s play area and public open space.

A planning document notes: “Overall, the proposals would contribute to sustainable and planned housing growth including the provision of affordable homes in Bewdley and would benefit the wider community with a new children’s play area, improvements to Bewdley Leisure Centre, bus stop and active travel provision.”

However, nearby residents objected to the application due to highway concerns, saying there “is a fatality waiting to happen.”

The objector said: “The existing situation on Stourport Road from the junction with the A456 to Westbourne Street is dangerous between the hours of 8:15 am and 9:15 am and 2:15 pm and 3:30 pm with school traffic.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Group of Bewdley residents against the plans. Group of Bewdley residents against the plans.

“Speaking professionally as operators of large vehicles our observations are that there is a fatality waiting to happen.
“The proposed development will increase the danger with a possible extra 200 cars.”

Another resident said: “It will exacerbate an already horrendous traffic congestion at school pick up and drop off times as vehicles already struggle to traverse Stourport Road at these times.”

However, the Highways Authority said: “Worcestershire County Council are content that there are no existing highway design and/or road safety issues that are likely to be exacerbated by the proposed development.”

The site, which is an agricultural field, was released from the green belt after being allocated in the Wyre Forest District Local Plan.

All matters except for access will be reserved for future planning applications.