Public invited to have their say on Hagley homes controversy

Stourbridge News: Hagley Parish Councillor Steve Colella says traffic in Hagley could hit dangerous levels if too many new homes are built in the village Hagley Parish Councillor Steve Colella says traffic in Hagley could hit dangerous levels if too many new homes are built in the village

RESIDENTS of Hagley and Clent are being invited to have their say about controversial village housing plans.

A public meeting is set for tomorrow (Thursday September 6) at Hagley Free Church, Worcester Road, for discussion of proposals which could see up to 360 new homes in the area, including 230 by developer Cala Homes, near to the busy junction of the A456 and A491.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm and extra traffic caused by the new homes is sure to be high on the agenda.

Hagley Parish Council chairman, cllr Steve Colella, who recently visited the traffic island at the junction, said: "The junction already carries some of the heaviest HGVs and the largest volume of traffic in Worcestershire.

"The noise from the traffic was very disturbing and it must be assumed that the additional traffic would make this situation intolerable and extremely dangerous for road users and pedestrians."

Cllr Colella is also worried about the future of the former Hagley Middle School site on Park Road, which is the subject of a newly announced plan for retirement homes by developer McCarthy & Stone.

The site is owned Worcester County Council and cllr Colella says it should be made available as an open space for sport and recreation.

McCarthy & Stone will be showing off their plans during a public exhibition at Hagley Library , Worcester Road, on Tuesday September 11 between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

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1:47pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Hagley Resident says...

A very vocal meeting last night - and not a single word of support for further development which is clearly out of proportion to the current village and will have an adverse impact on everyone's quality of life!
A very vocal meeting last night - and not a single word of support for further development which is clearly out of proportion to the current village and will have an adverse impact on everyone's quality of life! Hagley Resident

12:09am Sun 9 Sep 12

ozpat says...

Lets hope the housing that is planned is affordable, and infrastructure planning is upgraded to accommodate the increase in population growth and expansion.
Lets hope the housing that is planned is affordable, and infrastructure planning is upgraded to accommodate the increase in population growth and expansion. ozpat

6:08am Mon 10 Sep 12

DAVID1875 says...

The actual size of the planned development is totally disproportionate and is not sustainable.The local housing need identified by county plans is about 14 homes per year for Hagley.Even without this 175 home development Hagley has had and is having 20-odd new homes per year! The site is in a designated air quality management area and where there is already gridlocked traffic on a regular basis.
The actual size of the planned development is totally disproportionate and is not sustainable.The local housing need identified by county plans is about 14 homes per year for Hagley.Even without this 175 home development Hagley has had and is having 20-odd new homes per year! The site is in a designated air quality management area and where there is already gridlocked traffic on a regular basis. DAVID1875

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