5th Dec, 2016

Traffic is getting 'beyond a joke' claim

Joshua Godfrey 23rd Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PROPOSALS for a 65 bed car home on Offenham Road have been given the green light by Wychavon planning chiefs.

Councillors backed the application by CMG Ltd and Majesticare for the site opposite The Orchards housing development at a meeting last Thursday (October 15).

However planning chiefs raised concerns about traffic along the busy road, with one councillor saying it is getting ‘beyond a joke’ for Offenham residents trying to get into Evesham.

Despite their concerns there were no objections from highways officers who said the effect of this development along with existing housing developments along Offenham Road was ‘negligible.’

Coun Jo Sandalls, who represents Evesham North, said: “I fully support this application up to a point. I think the amended plans are far better as there’s less impact on the surrounding properties.

“However I’m concerned regarding the cumulative traffic onto Offenham Road which was a nightmare before all of the development began.”

Offenham Councillor Keith Wright abstained during the vote as he couldn’t object on highways grounds, but said village residents are finding it difficult to cope with the increase of cars along the road.

“I would like to reiterate what Offenham Parish Council have said with regards to the increase in traffic, the residents of Offenham and surrounding areas are finding it increasingly difficult to access Evesham as a whole,” Coun Wright said.

“The traffic volumes do go all the way back towards the railway on Offenham Road at certain times of the day and it is causing pressure on local business’ and pressure on local residents.

“But I think it needs making the point that the traffic now into Evesham and accessing Evesham services is getting beyond a joke,” he added.