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Controversial plans which could "destroy" community get go-ahead
6:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Local
CONTROVERSIAL plans which set out the future development of Redditch up until 2030 have been approved, despite the concerns of hundreds of residents.
Members of Webheath Action Group turned up to a full Redditch Council meeting on Monday to 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.
However, despite residents’ pleas that the homes would destroy the community the plans were approved and will now be submitted to the planning inspectorate later this year.
David Rose, chairman of Webheath Action Group, said: “We’re not very happy about it but it was to be expected.
“We will now be giving the planning inspectorate all the evidence we have why this should not go ahead. That will include the questionable processes from Redditch Council.
“The group will continue to fight these proposals every step of the way. We need people’s help though more than ever as the final decisions are imminent.”
Councillor Juliet Brunner called it a “shambolic plan” and said that the labour group must go back to the drawing board and return with a plan that is fit for the future of Redditch.
“We have to protect what we have otherwise the beautiful town in the forest will become a suburb of Bromsgrove or Stratford and we will have no green belt to divide or protect us,” she said.
Residents now have the 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.
Responding to allegations from residents that the consultation process so far has been unfair and rushed a Redditch Council spokesman said: “This plan has been in the making since 2006 and throughout this time we have followed a programme of consultation which has been tested independently and deemed to be appropriate to engage people.
“We are on track with the timetable for this and indeed have not rushed through it and have held numerous consultation events and surgeries to hear from residents and to explain to them what the plan is about.”
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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