11:51 am, Dec 11, 2015
ALL NINE members of Bromsgrove District Council’s Planning Committee voted to defer plans to build 41 properties in Cofton Hackett because, they said, the developer did not meet the criteria for affordable housing.
Councillors came to the agreement at the Planning Committee meeting on Monday (December 7).
The development on the former MG Rover Works site is a continuation of the 229 properties which were already built in phase one.
Coun Christine McDonald said the developer had already ‘negotiated down’ the number of affordable homes on the previous application to just five per cent with the promise it would ‘catch up.’
The number of affordable homes offered on this application was 34 per cent and councillors said this was not enough because the developer was already behind its target.
Coun McDonald said: “We should be on 60 per cent of affordable properties – not 18.5 per cent.”
Coun May said she felt the site overall was never going to actually reach the affordable housing target.
Coun Christine McDonald said: “There’s a desperate need in Bromsgrove for affordable homes and this is a wonderful opportunity.
“Why are we just letting it go? We need to have a positive attitude here, we need to do what is needed here in Bromsgrove.”