Bewdley Town Council
Town Council opposes Bewdley housing development
Bewdley Town Council
At its meeting on Monday night (3rd October), Bewdley Town Council’s Planning Committee unanimously decided to reject proposals to build a 195 home estate off The Lakes Road in Bewdley.
Gladman Developments put forward plans to build a new housing estate on a green field site to the West of Bewdley, adjacent to the ancient Wyre Forest and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The estate would include a mix of housing types including affordable housing and family homes with associated recreation areas. The homes would be built across an existing public right of way connecting the West of the town with Dowles Road and the River Severn.
In summing up Councillor Derek Killingworth, Chairman of the Planning Committee said “the development has the potential to increase the number of vehicles using the road network by hundreds of vehicles per day. The affect this additional traffic would have on the Welch Gate Air Quality Management Area would be unacceptable, as is the proposed single access to the development off The Lakes Road”. He added “this Committee is also satisfied that Wyre Forest District Council’s five year land supply is up to date, and that this development is not needed in order to meet this requirement”.
In a statement, the Mayor of Bewdley Councillor John Beeson said "I'm satisfied that the Town Council’s Planning Committee came to the right conclusion after diligently looking at all the pros and cons. The proposed outline application doesn't reflect the community’s wishes according to our emerging Neighbourhood Plan survey, and the site is not allocated in the District Council’s current Local Plan. I acknowledge that we need more housing but we must ensure future developments are of an appropriate scale and in the right location”.
There were many other equally relevant and pertinent arguments discussed by the Planning Committee including visual impact, the effects on wildlife, pressure upon local schools and services, the historic landscape and the impact of the proposals on the Bewdley Conservation Area.
A spokesperson for the Council added “the Town Council are in the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Bewdley which will give the community the power to decide the location and size of new housing developments. Results of the recent survey released before this application was submitted show that large developments of this kind and in this location are not supported by the community”.
More information about the Bewdley Neighbourhood Plan can be found at www.beinbewdley.org
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