Wordsley homes plan granted by officers could be thrown out after wave of objections
Planning permission to build homes in Wordsley granted in private during the coronavirus lockdown could be thrown out – after councillors said they would have rejected the scheme.
Dudley Council’s development committee is now being asked to revisit the decision taken by planning officers when normal council meetings were suspended.
Councillors will decide if the plan for homes on the site of 18 garages to the rear of Marlborough Gardens can go ahead after receiving a petition with 127 signatures and an objection from the local MP.
Writing to the committee, Mike Wood MP has said: “I have been contacted by a number of residents who are extremely concerned about the planning application and will be objecting due to the impact this will have on local residents.
“There are already concerns about the impact and existing difficulties that parked cars are having in the area and this planning application, if granted, would further increase the frustrations of local residents and make a known problem far worse.”
The council has also received 41 formal objections complaining the plan, to demolish the garages and replace them with four houses, would add to on-street parking and increased congestion which could harm the safety of children and vulnerable residents.
But asking councillors to back their decision to approve the scheme, planning officers said: “The development would provide new housing to help meet the borough’s demand for new homes, and the proposed type, tenure, layout and design are appropriate for the area and can be accommodated without any significant adverse impact on existing residents, trees and ecology, on safety or traffic on the local highway network.
“The proposals would provide a high quality development, which is considered would make a positive contribution to the area and which constitutes sustainable development.”
The development committee will meet on July 22 to consider the plans.