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"Where will they go to school?" Anger at plans for 265 new homes

Harry Leach 15th Jan, 2021 Updated: 15th Jan, 2021

PLANS to build up to 265 new homes on land between Winyates Green and the A435 have sparked fury.

The development, from Morris Homes and called ‘Mappleborough Woods’ lies on land in Redditch borough and Stratford district, with the largest part in the former.

The site is currently filled with a variety of trees, mainly poplars, and runs from the Dog Island north to the start of the dual carriageway.

However local resident and Mappleborough Green Parish Councillor Maureen Berry condemned the plans as ill thought out and wrong.

“They haven’t given a thought to the infrastructure,” said Coun Berry, who is also chair of governors at Mappleborough Green Primary School.

“If they build it where are the children going to go to school? We have an intake of 17 at Mappleborough, if they build 50 homes on the Stratford district side, that’s potentially 150 children.

“And then, where are the Winyates Green children going to school – does Tenacres First School in Redditch have the capacity? Has anyone found out?”

She also raised concerns about the threat to wildlife.

“They’re calling the site Mappleborough Woods yet they plan to demolish all the trees.

“They say there’s not much in the way of wildlife, but there’s deer, badgers and buzzards. In this age of climate change we should be planting more woods, not destroying them,” she said.

Sharon Harvey, who is standing as a Labour councillor in Winyates, raised concerns over infrastructure.

“Winyates Green is already poorly served by public transport and if this make the situation worse as it will increase the size of the area by about one third,” she said.

To see the proposals online, visit http://mappleboroughwoods.co.uk/

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