5th Dec, 2016

Homes get go-ahead despite traffic fears

Joshua Godfrey 15th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PROPOSALS to build 123 new homes on Evesham’s former gas works site have been given the green light despite warnings of traffic ‘havoc’.

Planning chiefs approved the plans at a meeting of Wychavon’s Planning Committee last Thursday (January 7), by 10 to five to approve the development, having rejected the plans back in 2010.

The application was sent back to the committee after the developers failed to put a spade in the ground to begin building work after they were given a five year window to do so from the planning inspector, who approved the application on appeal in 2010.

A traffic assessment that has been submitted has found there will be a ‘small level’ of increase in traffic generated by the 123 houses, an issue which some councillors raised concern with.

Coun Keith Wright, told the meeting Evesham is already struggling to cope with the amount of traffic on its roads.

“My main concern is Evesham has moved on a lot in five years, we’ve had a lot more housing and a lot more traffic,” he said.

“The reality is we struggle to move down the High Street to Cheltenham Road at the moment and we’ve got more and more planning on the horizon.

Coun Margaret Rowley also added her voice to concerns about the effect the development would have on the town’s traffic system.

“I’m not at all happy with this development and I would like assurance that the traffic conditions can be met correctly,” she said.

“I’m quite appalled there is no contribution from this site because it will undoubtedly cause havoc in Evesham and there has already been a lot of development.

“I do think we need to look at the traffic conditions more carefully,” Coun Rowley added.