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2,800-homes application submitted in Worcestershire

Words: Laura Edgar

A real estate adviser has submitted an application to both Redditch Borough Council and Bromsgrove District Council for 2,800 homes on green belt land.

Bilfinger GVA said the 336-acre site, adjacent to the existing suburb of Webneath, 1.5 miles from Redditch town centre, is currently in agricultural use.

Bilfinger submitted the application on behalf of Heyford Developments and UK Land and Development, which will bring forward the proposals.

The land is identified as green belt, however, both councils are in support of removing the land from the green belt to encourage cross-boundary growth and delivering the development, said Bilfinger.

Redditch Borough Council has identified a housing need of approximately 6,400 dwellings by 2030 in its emerging local plan, but can only demonstrate 3,000.

The development consists of 2,800 homes, comprising a mix of flats and one to five bedroom-houses; 40 per cent of these are designated as affordable.

The schemes also includes a three-form entry first school, 130 acres of open space, retail units and a mixed-community facility.

Jon Kirby, director in the Midlands planning, development and regeneration team at Bilfinger GVA, said: “The application takes into consideration the location of the development, the rural nature of its situation and proximity to the existing village of Webheath, with limitations on the heights of buildings and the inclusion of significant quantities of open space to offset the impact of the development.

“While the majority of the application site lies within the administrative boundary of Bromsgrove district, a small area of land falls within the Redditch borough boundary. Both councils have recognised the important contribution that this development will make in ensuring the delivery of housing to satisfy the borough’s long-term housing requirements to 2030.”

Image credit | Bilfinger GVA