Councillors have responded to the latest stages of the Bromsgrove District Development Plan.  As previously raised Hagley faces likely development pressures from Bromsgrove’s housing needs as well as longer term pressures from the West Midlands Combined Authorities (Birmingham) and increased traffic from development in Wyre Forest and Worcestershire that commutes and travels into the Birmingham and Black Country conurbations.

These impacts are regularly raised with BDC Strategic Planners and we are pleased to report that the district council has raised significant concerns and objections to the latest stages of the Wyre Forest Development Plan re-consultation.  These concerns are significant in that they support our objections, those of Hagley Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Plan group and the general public.

Such an objection from a neighbouring planning authority in the same County that come under the same Local Transport Plan is significant.  Concerns raised in respect of lack of a robust transport plan to mitigate pressures from Wyre Forest growth on Hagley will ultimately be a matter for consideration by an independent planning inspector.

A District wide ‘call for sites’ has now closed.  The response from land owners and developers is now being considered and will feed into the next stages of the Bromsgrove District Development Plan.  We continue to believe that Hagley is overstretched and over capacity in many of its amenities and services including the road infrastructure and continued development is not viable or sustainable.

Councillor Steve Colella (Hagley West) and Councillor Rachel Jenkins (Hagley East).