"Abandoned" villagers slam council in Hagley planning row

Stourbridge News: l-r Peter Rowbottom, Joy Corbett, Rachel Jenkins, Fran Evans from Hagley Residents Action Group say their village has been abandonded to developers Buy this photo » l-r Peter Rowbottom, Joy Corbett, Rachel Jenkins, Fran Evans from Hagley Residents Action Group say their village has been abandonded to developers

FURIOUS protestors say councillors have abandoned Hagley to construction companies after plans for a major housing estate were approved.

A controversial application for 175 homes at a site on Kidderminster Road was given the green light by Bromsgrove district councillors at a packed meeting on Monday (January 7).

The decision sparked a furious reaction from residents opposed to the estate, who claim it could turn Hagley into a satellite settlement with no character.

Francesca Evans, from Hagley Residents Action Group, said: "Hagley has been abandoned by the council regarding the core strategy which was flawed from the start - 1,000 people told them it was wrong and gave them good reasons which they ignored, this has made Hagley a welcome mat for developers."

More than 100 protestors at the meeting urged councillors on the committee to reject the application, arguing amenities like schools and doctors' surgeries were already at breaking point and extra traffic from the new homes would damage air quality while a new traffic island to serve the estate, dubbed Hell Island by protestors, would be unsafe and congested.

Hagley councillor Chris Scurrell said the unprecedented opposition should not be ignored by committee members.

However speakers for applicants CALA Homes said the area had been earmarked for residential development for 25 years.

They argued the negative impact on air quality would be negligible, considerable work had been carried out on the scheme’s design and layout, and there were no justifiable planning reasons to refuse outline planning permission.

Committee member Cllr John Tidmarsh said although he sympathised with villagers, it was Hagley’s turn to help meet housing need for the whole of Bromsgrove district while Cllr Rod Laight told the meeting his head was spinning after hearing the amount of advice they had been given.

After the meeting, Darren Humphreys, regional managing director for CALA Homes Midlands, said: “We welcome Bromsgrove District Council’s decision to grant outline planning permission.

“We will continue to engage with the local community as we put together the detail of the scheme and are planning a series of workshops to enable local people and parish councillors the opportunity to have their say on the kind of development they would like to see moving forward.”

CALA Homes has set up a dedicated email address for questions about the development at hagley.info@cala.co.uk Francesca Evans added: "Hagley has already built 250 homes in the last decade and with the current housing being built at the moment it actually will be meeting housing needs."

Campaigners are determined to continue the fight and say a legal challenge to the decision is almost certain.

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10:42am Thu 10 Jan 13

frandroid says...

It was actually dubbed hell island by one of the councillors who voted in its favour.
It was actually dubbed hell island by one of the councillors who voted in its favour. frandroid

12:16pm Thu 10 Jan 13

dudley old boy says...

I take it those who are moaning about pollution will not be driving to Merry Hill and the likes to do their shopping polluting those areas
I take it those who are moaning about pollution will not be driving to Merry Hill and the likes to do their shopping polluting those areas dudley old boy

12:18pm Thu 10 Jan 13

frandroid says...

Dudley Old Boy - can't speak for everyone but I haven't been there for years. I prefer to shop where there is a high street, usually Kidderminster.
Dudley Old Boy - can't speak for everyone but I haven't been there for years. I prefer to shop where there is a high street, usually Kidderminster. frandroid

1:57pm Thu 10 Jan 13

No to CALA says...

Frandroid, do you know if anybody audio recorded the proceedings at the planning meeting? If so I'd be very interested to hear some parts of it again and if it could be uploaded onto your website all the better.
Frandroid, do you know if anybody audio recorded the proceedings at the planning meeting? If so I'd be very interested to hear some parts of it again and if it could be uploaded onto your website all the better. No to CALA

2:52pm Thu 10 Jan 13

frandroid says...

I was under the impression that the council don't allow recordings - I'd need to check on this, they said no cameras anyway. I'll add this detail to the website when I find out.

They don't keep a record of who voted in favour or against either.

They don't bother to even introduce the people who make biased decisions on behalf of other residents and protect their own back yards.
I was under the impression that the council don't allow recordings - I'd need to check on this, they said no cameras anyway. I'll add this detail to the website when I find out. They don't keep a record of who voted in favour or against either. They don't bother to even introduce the people who make biased decisions on behalf of other residents and protect their own back yards. frandroid

11:07am Fri 11 Jan 13

frandroid says...

If you are a Hagley resident or feel impacted by this development in terms of schools or traffic congestion and would like to add your views or convey them to the Parish Council please email us via the www.hagleyresidents.
co.uk website.
If you are a Hagley resident or feel impacted by this development in terms of schools or traffic congestion and would like to add your views or convey them to the Parish Council please email us via the www.hagleyresidents. co.uk website. frandroid

4:17am Sat 12 Jan 13

ozpat says...

Well said Dudley Old Boy! yet another demonstration of their entrenched view and lack of social conscious for those in surrounding areas, very well put!

I think all those in favour of the decision should put their support for it to the parish council, thanks for the idea Frandroid !
Well said Dudley Old Boy! yet another demonstration of their entrenched view and lack of social conscious for those in surrounding areas, very well put! I think all those in favour of the decision should put their support for it to the parish council, thanks for the idea Frandroid ! ozpat

1:27pm Sun 13 Jan 13

DAVID1875 says...

Dudley Old Boy, is Merry Hill a designated AQMA, like Hagley and 3 other areas in Bromsgrove district are?
Dudley Old Boy, is Merry Hill a designated AQMA, like Hagley and 3 other areas in Bromsgrove district are? DAVID1875

5:40pm Sun 13 Jan 13

frandroid says...

I wouldn't have said it if I didn't mean it so go ahead.

Just can I point out following your boasts about your great education Ozpat that you can't seem to spell social conscience.... :)
I wouldn't have said it if I didn't mean it so go ahead. Just can I point out following your boasts about your great education Ozpat that you can't seem to spell social conscience.... :) frandroid

8:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

ozpat says...

Frandroid,

As I have pointed out before, when you so clearly have no valid points left to make regarding the subject matter then the NIMBYS result to assumption and pedantry behaviours, a spelling mistake, please I thought better of you than that.
Frandroid, As I have pointed out before, when you so clearly have no valid points left to make regarding the subject matter then the NIMBYS result to assumption and pedantry behaviours, a spelling mistake, please I thought better of you than that. ozpat

9:27pm Sun 13 Jan 13

frandroid says...

I have plenty of points still to make Ozpat, but I'm going to leave this thread now as I have a life (a real one!) . It's been great to chat though, can I just say thanks - I think you've almost brought the number of posts up to 100 and given us lots of chance to air the points that came out of the meeting that some people may actually be concerned about. This whole experience has been very eye opening and I have learnt a lot over the past few months. It has proved the Hagley community is still very strong and there is a great solidarity- although we obviously need to work on our relationships with other communities if some of them do seem so happy to turn round and stab us in the back! However things turn out though I'm not one to dwell or hold a needless grudge. You are right, things can't stay the same, I am all for improvement and getting things done - we just have very different ways of looking at this. You seem happy to wind people up and revel in your secret identity, I am very open and outspoken on things I feel strongly about. So goodnight!
I have plenty of points still to make Ozpat, but I'm going to leave this thread now as I have a life (a real one!) . It's been great to chat though, can I just say thanks - I think you've almost brought the number of posts up to 100 and given us lots of chance to air the points that came out of the meeting that some people may actually be concerned about. This whole experience has been very eye opening and I have learnt a lot over the past few months. It has proved the Hagley community is still very strong and there is a great solidarity- although we obviously need to work on our relationships with other communities if some of them do seem so happy to turn round and stab us in the back! However things turn out though I'm not one to dwell or hold a needless grudge. You are right, things can't stay the same, I am all for improvement and getting things done - we just have very different ways of looking at this. You seem happy to wind people up and revel in your secret identity, I am very open and outspoken on things I feel strongly about. So goodnight! frandroid

6:14am Mon 14 Jan 13

ozpat says...

Good night Frandroid, I applaud your honesty and outspoken approach. I agree that perhaps you should look to addressing relationships and consideration of surrounding areas that have had to live with all the problems that have been mentioned. I guess my outspoken opinions are not intentioned to wind people up it has just reached a point that no matter what I say some on here will argue black is white to engage a response. I will always respond to the acts of selfishness, NIMBYISM, and self serving attitudes that exist. If my approach winds them up then so be it, I will never apologise for speaking out against these behaviours when people are in need, no matter what the need may be, I believe human "need" outweighs "want" every time, sleep well I certainly will.
Good night Frandroid, I applaud your honesty and outspoken approach. I agree that perhaps you should look to addressing relationships and consideration of surrounding areas that have had to live with all the problems that have been mentioned. I guess my outspoken opinions are not intentioned to wind people up it has just reached a point that no matter what I say some on here will argue black is white to engage a response. I will always respond to the acts of selfishness, NIMBYISM, and self serving attitudes that exist. If my approach winds them up then so be it, I will never apologise for speaking out against these behaviours when people are in need, no matter what the need may be, I believe human "need" outweighs "want" every time, sleep well I certainly will. ozpat

6:36am Mon 14 Jan 13

No to CALA says...

Funny how your focus is entirely limited to this development in Hagley with no focus on any other development's being resisted by communities elsewhere.

What a load of guff.
Funny how your focus is entirely limited to this development in Hagley with no focus on any other development's being resisted by communities elsewhere. What a load of guff. No to CALA

7:31am Tue 15 Jan 13

ozpat says...

You still there No To Cala, if that comment is direct toward myself, the point of my focus is Hagley because that is where a number of "locals" raised their concern for the housing development based upon selfish NIMBY reasoning and clearly I will object to that and have absolutely and indeed resolutely no difficulty openly pointing out that the whole development has a benefit for the entire community and surrounding areas. I maintained that the new project has more positives than negatives and the evidence so clearly supports my opinion. Your points had no supporting evidence and the true reasons were transparent, NIMBY and nothing more, hence my steadfast objections. I do not apologise for having the conviction to stand against a majority of protestors and express my opinion. I will apologise for being distracted by the personal attacks and not staying to the point more often but given the number of people being so defensive I had a little difficulty there for a while. Again enjoy your new neighbours eh!
You still there No To Cala, if that comment is direct toward myself, the point of my focus is Hagley because that is where a number of "locals" raised their concern for the housing development based upon selfish NIMBY reasoning and clearly I will object to that and have absolutely and indeed resolutely no difficulty openly pointing out that the whole development has a benefit for the entire community and surrounding areas. I maintained that the new project has more positives than negatives and the evidence so clearly supports my opinion. Your points had no supporting evidence and the true reasons were transparent, NIMBY and nothing more, hence my steadfast objections. I do not apologise for having the conviction to stand against a majority of protestors and express my opinion. I will apologise for being distracted by the personal attacks and not staying to the point more often but given the number of people being so defensive I had a little difficulty there for a while. Again enjoy your new neighbours eh! ozpat

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