Controversial Bordon Hill housing plan resurfaces

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Stratford District Council

Controversial plans to build 99 homes on land off Bordon Hill have resurfaced after Stratford District Council rejected the developer’s original application earlier this year.

The previous proposal, put forward by Bellway Homes, prompted an angry backlash from local residents who believed the application would cause traffic problems on Evesham Road and extend beyond the town’s build up boundary.

Further concerns were put forward about the site’s access and the point was raised that this area is not highlighted as a potential housing site within the Core Strategy.

Back in January the council concluded that such a plan was not compatible with the policies of the Core Strategy and would represent an incursion into open countryside.

However in the new application Bellway argue that the approval of housing developments on adjacent sites means the application is now in keeping with the increasingly urban character of the area.

The company also emphasises the 35 per cent affordable housing quota within the application and details how access to the site will be from a ghost-island priority junction on Evesham Road.

Luddington Road residents Jon Warrender said: “It’s still a speculative application and the plan itself hasn’t actually changed it’s just the reasoning they are giving for why it should be approved has. They’re saying that the Shottery development and the South Western Relief Road show the area is becoming urbanised. The SWRR is only at the very start of the planning process and it’s likely that this housing application will be considered long before there is a decision on the relief road.

“This plan also involves raising the level of the fields being the houses on Luddington Road, so we’re going to end up with Luddington Road residents looking out of their back garden straight onto the patio of a house that’s being built.”

A decision on the housing plan is expected to be made in October.