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27th May, 2022

Traffic fears as plans formally lodged for Abbey housing scheme

A PLANNING application has been officially lodged to Redditch Borough council by David Wilson Homes to build 216 homes on parts of Abbey Park Golf Course and adjacent fields on Hither Green Lane and Dagnell End Road.

It is detailed that homes will be designed around an existing pond, and trees and hedgerows will be enhanced to create a buffer to the existing houses on Hither Green Lane.

However nearby residents have vowed to fight the plans.

The proposals show 65 affordable dwellings will be provided, delivering a range of 1 bed maisonettes and 2/3-bedroom houses.

In all, 42 of these will be affordable rented houses, and 23 will be shared ownership.

There will be a mixture of detached, semi-detached and terraced properties, with all houses having access to a private garden and all maisonettes having a shared private amenity area.

The application also includes plans for access off Hither Green Lane, pedestrian and cycle access and a play area.

Any existing trees on the development are proposed to be retained where possible, with landscaping works including tree planting throughout the development.

Residents of Bordesley, Hither Green Lane, Beoley and Church Hill have formed a communities alliance to challenge the application.

A petition has been launched saying the development would lead to residents losing a vital open green space.

If given the go ahead the plan is sure to pour hundreds of extra car journeys on to Dagnell End Road and its already congested junction with the A441 Birmingham Road.

The chairman of NoRCA – North Redditch Communities Alliance – Mark Jacobs said: “The issues arising from this development, should it be allowed to go-ahead, are far-reaching.

“We are confident we have a strong case that will demonstrate the proposed development should not be granted planning permission.”

The application is available to view and open to comments on the Redditch Borough Council planning portal under the reference 21/01830/FUL.

The petition can be found at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-housing-development-on-abbey-park-golf-course

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