September 25th, 2016

More than 300 homes to be built at Norton Farm after Bromsgrove planners give scheme the green light

More than 300 homes to be built at Norton Farm after Bromsgrove planners give scheme the green light More than 300 homes to be built at Norton Farm after Bromsgrove planners give scheme the green light
Updated: 6:06 pm, Feb 11, 2016

MORE than 300 homes will be built on land at Norton Farm after district planners voted unanimously in favour of the plans this week.

Plans were confirmed last year, however the final green light had to be given for the 316 homes and conditions for developers to adhere to.

When the planning application was made last year, it met with a number of objections including its impact on wildlife, increased traffic, loss of light to surrounding properties, highway safety concerns and flooding fears.

But on Monday, councillors agreed the developer had met conditions including measures for sustainable drainage.

The development will mean the demolition of existing buildings and includes access for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Coun Sue Baxter said: “We need houses and it’s sustainable to build them close to Bromsgrove town.

“But unfortunately, we don’t have the highways infrastructure there to support them. For example look at the traffic problems we had in Bromsgrove last week?

“Building new houses without a road network is short-sighted and very painful for the residents.”

Coun Baxter said the decision was pushed through because Worcestershire Highways were slowly coming round and did not seem to think there would be a problem with the local infrastructure and they were the experts in that field

She added: “We are dependent on WCC highways and if they don’t think there’s a problem, then it’s difficult for us to disagree with them.

“But I still would have voted against them if I had been there when it was voted through last year.”

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