Residents vent anger over new homes plan

By Geoff Berkeley Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 05/11 10:17

ANGRY residents packed out a public meeting to voice their fears over revised plans to build more than 250 homes on the edge of Worcester.

The meeting was called by Whittington Parish Council on Tuesday (October 30) to discuss the controversial proposals to create 256 homes on Uffnells Farm, off Swinesherd Way.

Residents from the Kilbury Estate Action Group and Spetchley Road Residents’ Association spoke out against the plans which have been submitted to Wychavon District Council.

The Standard previously reported how Bloor Homes was forced to go back to the drawing board in February after its original application was rejected by district council planners.

But many residents remain concerned over the road access to the site, which they claim will cause traffic chaos, as well as fears the new homes will be built just a few metres from their back gardens.

Phillip Reece, of Kilbury Drive, said: “What the developer has done is put garages up against our fences, so one day we have open space, the next day we have a garage. It is all crammed in and I don’t think anyone wants it like that.

“I understand the traffic and the noise, but we shouldn’t have to face this unfair design.”

Another resident Liz Rodgers added: “They haven’t thought about us and that is all we are asking for.”

Steve Brooker, chairman of Whittington Parish Council, expressed his support for the development which he said would benefit the parish including the provision of a new village hall.

But councillor Carl Smith said: “I know we are going to get the money from the council tax precept, which is great. But I don’t think Bloor Homes have addressed the suggestions we put forward last time.

“I believe it is just another case of the big company knocking down the small man.”

Chris Shaw, planning manager at Bloor Homes who attended the meeting, said: “Whether you like what we have done or not, I would like to make it clear Bloor are trying to do it the right way."

“We think there are benefits that will improve the local area.”

The parish council has approved the development in principle but pledged to write a letter to Wychavon District Council expressing their concerns.

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