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Gridlock fears fail to stop homes approval

Gridlock fears fail to stop homes approval Gridlock fears fail to stop homes approval
Updated: 1:01 pm, Sep 27, 2015

A MAJOR housing development has been given the green light by Wychavon planning chiefs despite fears of gridlock on an already busy Pershore road.

Councillors on Wychavon District Council’s planning committee gave the thumbs up to 176 further homes on Station Road under plans submitted by housing developer Persimmon.

The well-known developers have already begun work on 86 new homes on the same road after winning planning permission earlier this year.

At the meeting on Thursday (September 17) councillors unanimously backed the plans which developers said would meet the needs of local people.

The new development includes green spaces, a play area, allotments and 40 per cent affordable housing which many councillors welcomed.

Mayor of Pershore, Coun Tony Rowley welcomed the housing development and the green space being provided.

“I actually welcome this development because it’s an urban fringe site that blends with the rural area and the amount of green infrastructure at this site is commendable,” he said.

The issue of further houses along Station Road sparked fury earlier this year when concerned local residents, led by Coun Charles Tucker expressed fears of traffic ‘chaos’ along the road.

Coun Tucker even called on planning chiefs to pause discussions on the 86 new homes to allow for amended plans to be put together providing space for a relief road in the future.

His pleas were rejected by council bosses who highlighted no mention of any relief road proposals in any current council plans.

And speaking after last Thursday’s meeting, Coun Tucker, who represents Pershore on the district douncil, warned that the new housing estate will lead to ‘gridlock’ on Station Road.

“There will be issues with traffic on the main road which will lead to gridlock at the Worcester Road junction.

“The traffic mitigation carried out has been completely pathetic.

“Everytime I speak to local residents the same question comes up all the time regarding the traffic along the road,” he added.

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