11th Apr, 2021

Bromsgrove planners slammed as they pass Redditch Eastern Gateway scheme

“IT was absolutely unbelievable – I just sat there with my head in my hands.”That was the verdict of Illshaw Close resident Chris Eddon as he watched Bromsgrove planners approve a scheme which will bring a 78 acre industrial development to the doorstep of Winyates Green.

“They spent nearly two hours bickering about the £200,000 that would be set aside for any road alterations that might be necessary – would it go to Bromsgrove, would it go to Stratford, would it go to Redditch, and hardly anything on the development itself,” added Mr Eddon.

The Redditch Eastern Gateway proposals for Gorcott Hill off the A435 has caused a storm of protest from residents of Winyates Green, Mappleborough Green, Studley and Sambourne who will have to live with the consequences of the development.

Larger than 50 football pitches, most of the land in question is either in Stratford district or in Bromsgrove district with only a small parcel in Redditch borough.

Last night Bromsgrove planners approved their portion of the scheme and tomorrow, Wednesday (December 6) Stratford planners are also recommended to approve their part.

The scheme goes before Redditch planners at Redditch Town Hall on Wednesday, December 13.

“It was an utter disgrace,” said Mr Eddon.

“We were only allowed six minutes in total to speak. Half of that time went to the side in favour of the development which left us with three minutes.

“As there were two of usspeaking against we had only 90 seconds to put our point across.

“I tried to hand out a four page document of pictures to the councillors to illustrate the sheer scale of these warehouses – 21metres high – and I was told by the chairman ‘no pictures, you are only allowed to talk’.

“I can’t believe what they’ve done.”

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