'There's nothing we can do', Hagley housing estate protestors say as decision date nears (From Stourbridge News)
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'There's nothing we can do', Hagley housing estate protestors say as decision date nears
8:30am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in Local
CAMPAIGNERS have given up the fight against controversial proposals for a housing estate in Hagley which will transform it from a “village into a town” - saying it’s already a done deal as a decision date nears.
There has been mass protest against a bid by Cala Homes to build 175 homes on a greenfield site off Kidderminster Road - including the submission of a 4,000-name petition and objections from residents and the parish council.
Residents also came out in force as 350 of them marched on Hagley Hall - the home of the land's previous owner Lord Cobham.
But despite this Hagley Residents Action Group has thrown in the towel saying the scheme, which has already been granted outline permission, will be given the go ahead when it comes before Bromsgrove District Council’s planning committee - possibly at its September meeting.
Group member Fran Evans said: “We protested really hard - but as far as we are aware there’s no hope of it not going ahead. There’s nothing we can do or say at this stage.
“We feel let down and lied to. It will turn Hagley from a village into a town but there’s nothing we can do to change the outcome.
“Everything is coming from the top down - we don’t have any control - it has made us more politically aware - the only way forward we can see is for people to vote independent.”
She said the group now just wants to get as much investment as possible for the community.
As part of plans, which include office space, the developer would 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.
Objections, which centre around increased congestion and additional pressure on school places and facilities including the doctor’s surgery, are still being lodged by concerned residents on the council’s website.
David Lawson, of Western Road, said: “Hagley Primary is full; adding further classrooms will only make it a “super primary” school; like those in London.
“Is this at all appropriate for what is a village? Likewise with the doctors surgery.”
David Hope, of Worcester Road, said: “I object strongly to this application which seems to have been made with commercial gain in mind as opposed to common sense.”
Darren Humphreys, managing director of CALA Homes Midlands, said: “The considerable contribution we will be making to improvements to the local road network and services such as healthcare and education will mean the development will benefit the wider community.”
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