19th Aug, 2017

Plans for 14 apartments in Redditch appeared in Bromsgrove notices

Ross Crawford 11th Aug, 2017

COUNCIL officers have been urged to be extra vigilant after a planning notice for Redditch was published in our sister paper, the Bromsgrove Standard.

An eagle-eyed reader just happened to come across the notice, the sixth item on a list of planning applications throughout Bromsgrove district, after he picked up the July 28 edition of the newspaper.

It’s for 14 one bedroom apartments involving the building of a new block and conversion of the Forge Mill pub, formerly the Dog and Pheasant, on the Evesham Road, Headless Cross.

“This is not the first time that a planning application for a particular town has appeared in the wrong local paper and/or under the wrong council heading,” said our reader.

“A few weeks ago a planning application for a property in Church Road, Redditch town centre was published under the heading ‘Bromsgrove District Council’.

“I’m wondering how long these kind of mistakes have been occurring. Residents not being alerted to applications in their particular town.”

Local residents have already objected to the development at the Forge Mill, which, at three storeys, would overlook properties in Malvern Road.

Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District councils have a degree of shared services and their databases were recently merged causing ‘initial issues’, according to an email from a council officer sent to the local resident.

The email blamed ‘human error’ for the mistake before adding that colleagues would be urged to be extra vigilant to ensure no such errors occur in the future.

The notice has now been re-scheduled to the the Redditch Standard and should be in this week’s edition.

Residents will still have their statutory two weeks consultation period.

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