BROMSGROVE planners gave the green light to a controversial scheme for a housing estate in Hagley at a packed planning meeting last night (January 7).

Villagers were vocal in their opposition during the meeting, held at the Council House, Burcot Lane, where the district council’s planning committee gave its verdict on the proposal by Cala Homes to build the 175-home development on a site in Kidderminster Road, owned by the Hagley Hall estate.

Protestors had previously shown their opposition to the proposal at a march last September, and through a 4,000-name petition against the scheme.

Following a lengthy debate of the committee members, the application was granted on a vote of 10-2.