Hagley Parish Council urges villagers to "move on" after Cala Homes development gets green light (From Stourbridge News)
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Hagley Parish Council urges villagers to "move on" after Cala Homes development gets green light
4:19pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
HAGLEY Parish Council has said villagers need to “move on” after controversial proposals for a huge housing estate were given the go-ahead.
Cala Homes’ plan for 175 homes on a greenfield site off Kidderminster Road was fiercely opposed by villagers, with protest including a 4,000-name petition and a 350-strong march on Hagley Hall.
But the scheme was given the green light with Bromsgrove Council’s planning committee approving it on a vote of eight to two with two abstentions last night.
Steve Colella, chairman Hagley Parish Council, said the outcome was expected as plans had already been granted outline approval and urged villagers to move forward.
Mr Colella said: “This signals an end to 18 months of detailed objections and representation by the people of Hagley and Hagley Parish Council with the support of Clent Parish Council.
“It’s time to move on and we will be working closely with Cala Homes and Lord Cobham estates to see what offsite community gain we can deliver on the back of this development.
“All parties have shown a good degree of good will towards the needs of the community and the impact of development on the wider community.”
He went on: “I believe everyone fought a good fight and in doing so ensured the planning authority and developer were fully aware of issues surrounding the application.”
But Hagley Residents Action Group said its concerns over “major issues” had been “continually ignored” by the district council.
A statement released by the group said: “It is the Conservatives who control the district council who have to bear ultimate responsibility for this unpopular development going ahead as their members also dominate the planning committee, so we ask local people to use their vote at the district elections in 2015 to remove the current ruling party and vote in local people who will stand up for their local communities rather than be swayed by political bias.”
Objections centred around increased congestion and additional pressure on school places and village facilities.
But Edward Murray, Sidemoor councillor, told Monday’s meeting the scheme was good for Hagley as young, first time buyers would not have to leave the area.
Forty per cent of the properties will be affordable homes.
As part of plans, which include office space, the developer will give £715k to Hagley Primary, £86k to Hagley Surgery and £25k towards public transport.
It has also pledged to invest £1.2million into improving the A456/A491 traffic island.
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