18th Dec, 2018

Studley to speak out against Redditch Eastern Gateway proposals

A LORRY exiting the proposed Redditch Eastern Gateway with a load for Bristol will be expected to go up the A435 to Junction 3 of the M42 then on to the M5 southbound at Junction 4a under plans envisaged by developers of the 78 hectare site on Gorcott Hill.

Residents of Mappleborough Green, Studley and Coughton feel that instead, to save fuel and following satnav instructions, the driver is more likely to head south on the A435 through their villages and pick up the M5 at Junction 9.

And today, Wednesday, December 6 Studley Parish Councillors Paul Beaman, the chairman, and Neil Edden will put the case against the massive development just north of Mappleborough Green to Stratford district planners.

The scheme has already been approved by Bromsgrove planners – who spent much of the time bickering over a £200,000 payment by the developer for any road improvements rather than evaluating the merits of the scheme – and the Studley duo are fearing the worst.

“I do not hold out much hope of success, but we have to do all we can,” Coun Beaman told a parish council meeting on Tuesday.

The A435 south of Gorcott Hill is already heavily trafficked, with more than 16,000 vehicles using it every single day according to a traffic survey carried out by contractors for Warwickshire County Council last month.

Coun Beaman also hit out at the fact that they will have just three minutes to speak over the scheme, which will feature 21metre high warehouses over the road from Winyates Green in Redditch.

“It’s a nonsense for something that is so critical as this,” said Coun Beaman.

“This is something that needs more time but I know that if I ask for extra time the planners will also have to give the applicant the same to speak in favour of it.”

Studley already exceeds Government air quality limits due to congestion at the Barley Mow island on the A435.

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