Hereford & Worcester

Hagley homes plans put on hold

Some of the protesters
Image caption In September, about 350 people turned out to protest against the plans

Plans to build a new estate in a Worcestershire village have been put on hold after a district council submitted a legal objection.

Developer Cala Homes wants to build the homes in Hagley, between Stourbridge Road and Kidderminster Road.

Bromsgrove Borough Council's planning committee had been due to vote on the plans but they were withdrawn after Hagley Parish Council questioned them.

The land was earmarked for development in the district council's local plan.

Steve Colella, chairman of the parish council and a district councillor, said they had asked a legal advisor to look into whether the application conformed to the National Planning Policy Framework and the local plan.

'Phased over years'

He said the district council had withdrawn the application from the agenda while it considered the legal advice.

In September, about 350 people turned out to protest against the plans, saying the village's infrastructure could not cope with more people.

Cala Homes previously said the homes would be phased over four years so any population rise would be gradual.

It also said the new development would increase traffic at peak times in the village, which has a population of 5,600, by "less than 1%".

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