PLANS to build 28 homes in Alvechurch have been given the green light by Bromsgrove District Council’s Planning Committee.
Members voted unanimously in favour of the scheme which was put forward by Ben Sandford for land off the Birmingham Road.
It will comprise of eight two-bedroom homes, four three-bedroom houses and 16 four-bedroom properties.
They will all be two-storey buildings and there will be 11 affordable properties among them – six to be socially rented and five shared ownership.
As well as the affordable housing, the developers will also contribute £72,912 for public open space, £37,812 for education, which will go to Crown Meadow First and Alvechurch Middle Schools, and £82,153.40 towards Highways and Transport, including improvements to Alvechurch Station.
Concerns were raised at the meeting about vehicle access being given to the new development from Old Rectory Lane.
The speaker said it was a historic road that was single track and had no kerbs either side. He criticised the proposal to remove some of the hedgerow for vehicle access to the site.
In the report it stated nine comments had been received, relating to Old Rectory Lane and conveying fears over drainage and the availability of amenities in the village.
But members pointed out the site had been identified as an Area of Development Restraint (ADR), that outline permission had already been given for the site, albeit for 25 homes, and that it was included in the emerging Bromsgrove District Plan.
Work must begin within three years of Monday (June 1), when the permission was granted, the development must be carried out in accordance with the approved plans and drawings listed in the report and there must be secure parking available for four bikes, in line with the district council’s standards.
Parking for those working on the site and visitors must be allocated within the site before work can begin and remain available for the duration of the work.