District reveals 'just in case' sites for housing if core strategy slips - The Redditch Standard

District reveals 'just in case' sites for housing if core strategy slips

Redditch Editorial 14th Jul, 2019   0

LAND capable of taking up to 210 new homes has been identified in Alcester should Stratford district council fail to meet its housing target in its core strategy up to 2031.

The land, south of Allimore Lane up to the Alcester bypass, is one of a series of reserve locations across the district outlined in the council’s Site Allocations Plan (SAP) which goes before Cabinet on Monday July 15.

However deputy leader Councillor Darren Pemberton (Con, Bidford East) was at pains to stress the sites had only been identified as a fail safe: “The reserve sites are just exactly that; there if they are needed and, as it stands, we have a robust five year housing land supply and a pipeline of allocated sites that mean there is no need for these sites to be considered.”

The SAP also identifies land bordering the A435 north of the A4189 Warwick Highway in Mappleborough Green and backing on to Winyates Green, as capable of taking up to 77 houses.

Studley also has a site capable of taking up to 25 houses off Redditch Road opposite the retirement bungalows.

However Coun Pemberton said: “There is no need for us to bring these sites forward as long as we deliver the sites that are already allocated. So if you are a landowner, if you are a developer, do not waste your time, do not waste your money, do not waste the effort of this council’s officers in bringing these sites forward.”

Despite this Coun Peter Hencher-Serafin (Lib Dem, Studley with Mappleborough Green) called for full consultation with local residents, particularly as the Stratford’s core strategy is due for review next year with the potential for changes post 2031.

“There needs to be more input from local residents rather than this top down approach from Stratford,” he said.

“Residents are important and local people have to be actively involved in shaping their local communities.”


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