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Calls for controversial Cofton Hackett homes plan to be thrown out

Harry Leach 4th Sep, 2020

CAMPAIGNERS are urging Bromsgrove councillors to throw out a planning application which will see 18 homes built on land adjacent to Groveley Lane in Cofton Hackett.

The two and three-storey properties, which include six affordable homes, would mark the final phase of St Modwen’s Longbridge East and River Arrow development site, where more than 600 dwellings have already been built.

Residents say the development is ‘too overcrowded’ and that more homes would increase traffic, density and cause disruption to the estate.

They are also concerned over the loss of open space.

Cofton Hackett Parish Council too raised its objections over the application which would allow for parking, landscaping and associated works to be completed.

A joint statement from the parish council read: “We are concerned about the new vehicle access onto Groveley Lane as there is a considerable volume of traffic using the lane at busy times.

“We are also worried about traffic management and appropriate infrastructure for the works, including the impact on nearby surgeries and school places.”

A report, as part of the application which is being heard by Bromsgrove District Council’s planning committee on Monday, September 7, warns the development could affect local GP practices Cornhill Surgery and New Road Surgery.

A Healthcare Impact Assessment (HIA), prepared by Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, asks for developer contribution towards capital funding to increase capacity within the practices.

The CCG says otherwise the GP practices will not have capacity for the additional growth resulting from the planned development.

Officers have recommended the application for approval on the condition the developers pay £917.64 for wheelie bins, £6,785 towards extending New Road Surgery and/or Cornhill Surgery and a £1,952 contribution to the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

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