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Controversial plans could "destroy" community
8:50am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
NOW is the time to stand up and fight against controversial plans which set out the future development of Redditch up until 2030, say campaigners.
Members of Webheath Action Group are urging Redditch residents to attend a full Redditch Council meeting next week and show their support.
More than 100 people so far are expected to attend and object to proposals for 600 homes to be built on Webheath’s ADR (area of development restraint).
The proposals are part of Local Plan No 4.
Earlier this week the council’s executive committee members looked at a new proposed submission of the plan.
Recommendations from that meeting will now be sent to be considered at the full council meeting, taking place on Monday, September 9 starting at 7pm.
If Local Plan No 4 is approved it will be the version that will be submitted to the planning inspectorate later this year.
David rose, chairman of Webheath Action Group, said: “On May 22 it was decided by Redditch Council that 200 houses could not be built in Webheath due to poor roads and lack of infrastructures/support services.
“So how can the council plan to build 600 houses in Webheath, as well as 2,800 houses in Foxlydiate.
“We want to bring this issue into the public domain, make people aware of what is happening, and crucially of what is not happening.”
He added: “What we don’t want is people to think that we’re ‘nimbys’. The campaign group supports sensitive developments, just not housing estates dumped in the middle of the countryside.
“If that is allowed to happen it will destroy our community.”
If the plan is approved residents will get a chance to tell the planning inspector what parts of the plan they feel are not sound, or not legally compliant.
It is hoped that any necessary changes will then be made.
Mr Rose said: “We will be fighting these proposals every step of the way. However, we are now approaching the last chance saloon.
“We have all worked tirelessly to stop urban sprawl in Webheath and have achieved much.
“We now need people’s help more than ever as the final decisions are imminent.”
Following the meeting there will be a Webheath Action Group public meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 7pm at the Foxlydiate Arms.
The aim is clarify the current position regarding Local Plan No 4 and the future aims of objectives of the group.
For more information, visit savethewebheathadr.co.uk.
For information on Local Plan No 4, visit redditchbc.gov.uk.
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