5th Dec, 2016

Town councillors slam Clews comments

Joshua Godfrey 20th Feb, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MEMBERS of Evesham Town Council’s planning committee have expressed their disappointment at the Government inspector’s final report backing the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Councillors met on Monday (February 15) and hit out at Planning Inspector Roger Clews’ comments in his report backing the SWDP in which he said he saw ‘no evidence’ the proposed hundreds of homes for Abbey Road will add to the town’s already congested roads.

The Town Council has previously voiced its opposition to Mr Clews about the modifications to the housing print after 150 homes was added to Evesham’s total allocation, but the inspector decided against a 50 homes increase for Abbey Road, instead keeping the number at ‘approximately’ 200.

However, the total number of homes will remain at 500 for Cheltenham Road despite the Town Council’s opposition.

In response to the inspector’s comments at the meeting Coun Colin Tether said he couldn’t accept his comments.

“It’s self evident it will make it worse and what he hasn’t taken into account are other things in the pipeline will make it worse, that is the Waitrose supermarket and the closure of the Old Brewery car park rat run.”