THE GO-AHEAD has been given to build 178 new Wythall homes.
Bromsgrove District Council’s Planning Committee voted to put through the proposal made by Miller Homes.
The committee considered the new development’s appearance, landscaping, layout and scale before granting delegated powers to the head of planning and regeneration for the reserved matters application.
The properties, which will be north of Station Road and to the east of Gorsey Lane, will be made up of 12 one-bedroom maisonettes, four bungalows with two bedrooms and 36 two-bedroom houses.
Along with this, there will also be 69 houses with three bedrooms, 45 four-bedroom homes and 12 five-bedroom houses.
There will be a mix of two-storey detached, semi-detached and terraced homes and 71 of the properties will be affordable.
As well as this, the development will include an area of open public space at the centre of the site with a play area made up of wooden equipment.
The land’s natural features like the historic moat will also be incorporated into the site’s natural features.
As part of the Section 106 agreement, Miller Homes will make contributions to Meadow Green Primary School, public transport and community infrastructure.
A balancing pond will also be installed to the north of the site to enable water to be kept on the land and to help control levels ofwater coming off the site.
A number of issues were raised, including the two-story houses would overlook the many bungalows surrounding the site, while some also arguined it was not in keeping with the area.
And concerns were voiced about the increase in traffic caused from the development – specifically with how it would affect the children using Gorsey Lane to get to school. Some argued more traffic on the narrow road could make it dangerous.
Others made the point it was already difficult to pull out onto Station Road.
Coun Mark Bullivant said: “This is a development people do not want but it was approved by this council a long time ago in 2002.
“We do not like developments of this size in Wythall but it is something we have to accept.
“I am personally very pleased to see the mix of houses.”