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Bloor Homes' housing plan set for rejection again

City councillors expected to throw out plans to redevelop 80-acre golf club site which closed down last year

Bloor Homes looks set to be blocked again with its plans for North Worcestershire Golf Club

A housing developer's plans to rip up a former golf club to build more than 900 new houses looks set to be blocked again.

Bloor Homes is seeking permission to redevelop North Worcestershire Golf Club near Longbridge after it shut last year but has so far met with stern resistance from local residents, councillors and the city's planning committee.

It withdrew a previous incarnation of the plans in March only to return a few weeks later with a revised version in which it wants to demolish the old club house and build up to 950 houses, public space, a primary school, multi-use community hub and new access points.

This latest version of the proposals has around 50 fewer houses, an increased amount of green space from 24 to 27 acres while a central parkland surrounding a brook will be widened from ten metres to 30 metres.

But Birmingham City Council's planning committee has been recommended to throw out these revised proposals when it meets next Thursday.

North Worcestershire Golf Club closed down in March 2016 and the 80-acre site is seen as a prime spot for redevelopment, particularly for residential because of Birmingham's need to address its housing crisis.

But opponents of the scheme have continually said the estate would have a massive impact on traffic in an area already heavily congested due to its proximity to the A38, one of Birmingham’s main routes into and out of the city centre.

There have also been concerns raised over the loss of recreational space of this size.

Supporters of the project say it will address a dire need for new homes in the area and the golf course will otherwise become a target for anti-social behaviour.

A report prepared ahead of next week's planning meeting said: "The application site was specifically not allocated for new housing in the recently adopted local plan.

"The principle of development is unacceptable and the material considerations have failed to indicate otherwise. As such, the proposed housing represents unsustainable development."

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