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Current Planning Objections


Spring/Summer 2018

Travellers’ site at Rous Lench
Objection raised - SWDP Policy 17C sets out criteria for the choice of sites for Gypsies’ and other Travellers’ pitches. This includes that the site should be in or near a town or a category 1 2 or 3 village. Rous Lench, and most of the villages around, are too small to belong to any of these categories. In effect they are category 4 villages, which are too small for any significant development to be allowed. However this site is not even part of the village; it is a detached site in open countryside.

Land at Yew Tree Farm, St Kenelms Road, Romsley
We note that this site is among those labelled as “Green Belt Possibilities” in the SHLAA (site BDC418). This is indeed its status. The site adjoins the Romsley village envelope, but is beyond it, so that the site is unqualified Green Belt.

Ministerial Statements have made clear that a lack of housing land is not a very special circumstance for enabling development top take place in the Green Belt, where it would not normally be permitted.

Rear of 1-3 High Street, Belbroughton
Our objection is with the view that it is certainly not right that the buildings on this property should be left to moulder, but we do not think this is an appropriate scheme and object.

The starting point has to be the policies for the reuse of rural buildings, such as agricultural ones though agriculture is not involved here. Belbroughton has been subject to ground heave and shrinkage, so that a more detailed structural survey than so far provided should be required. This may be particularly relevant as some of the buildings appear not to be rectangular, suggesting the less-than-careful building that is common for outbuildings.

There is no objection in principle to the demolition of a pre-fab garage, but if this is done, it must be a condition that the boundaries left open should have a suitable treatment, probably a brick wall to match nearby buildings


Winter 2018

Rear of Smedley Place, Hopwood
Objection raised due to the site remaining on Green Belt land.

Land off Butts Lane, Stone
Objection raised primarily because it is liable to create an unwelcome precedent. The owner of this land has repeatedly applied for planning consent for various kinds of residential and semi-residential development and has generally been refused.

Great Comberton Golf Course
Objection raised as NPPF places a value on open countryside: NPPF para 17 point 5 requires that Planning should recognis[e] the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside. This applies particularly in a location such as this which is highly visible from Bredon Hill, which is part of the Cotswolds AONB.

Ravensbank Employment Development site and Winyates Triangle
CPRE Worcestershire has long fought to preserve the Winyates triangle from development. Our concern has long related to the ecological interest of the site.

Site of Former H & H Chilled Foods- Hackmans Gate
Objection raised as the present proposal is too intensive to be suitable for a rural location in the Green Belt and thus out of keeping with the area.

Cemetery at New Inn Lane, Rubery
The fundamental issue here is that this site is part of the Green Belt. The Green Belt provisions in NPPF are not merely one factor to be balanced against others. If development is declared by policy as inappropriate, it should not be permitted at all.

A single detached dwelling | 16 Cofton Church Lane Cofton Hackett
Objection due to site being part of Green Belt. Cofton Church Lane forms part of the settlement of Kendall End, which is washed over by Green Belt. It is not a ‘small settlement’ with a village envelope under BDP policy 2.3, within which infill development is permissible. In this it differs from (for example) Hopwood.

Land Adjoining New Rose & Crown, 217 New Road, Rubery
A formal objection if the land is to be used for housing instead of car parking purposes as proposed.

Stourbridge Road Car Park, Bromsgrove
If this car park is redundant, in the sense of being under-used, this application is certainly to be supported. However; this is effectively the car park for Parkside, which is the means by which the public access such services as the Library and council meetings. It is important at least that the remainder of the car park should remain a public car park.


If you would like full details regarding CPRE Worcestershire Planning Objections, please contact us at: Secretary@cpreworcestershire.org.uk

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