Redditch and Bromsgrove Council are planning to build an industrial estate on Stratford District Council land. It is on the north side of Longhope Close, known as the Winyates Triangle. This will descimate the wildlife and have a profound effect on our environment.
We’re unfortunate enough to be facing another assault on the land surrounding our community. A total of 177 or 250 houses [depends who you ask] have been planned and an industrial estate. What can we do about it?
"the plan had not met the prime objective, which is to let the local community influence its policies and plans. What is particularly galling is residents in Winyates Green having no knowledge of 225 houses proposed to be built. Councillors have never discussed it. How can this be a truly open and transparent way of doing business?
01 January 2013
The Late Councillor Albert Wharrad,
Leader, Redditch Borough Council
This Biodiversity Action Programme is a “call to arms” – a challenge to all of us in the community and within the Borough Council, to recognise that our wildlife is truly a treasured inheritance, under threat and needing our protection. How important it is that our children grasp this message too. We can all make a difference, but only if we both change our outlook and work together. The document must not sit on the shelf and gather dust but be translated into action for our wildlife to benefit. I urge everyone, the residents of Redditch Borough, its Council staff and the Councillors themselves, to play their part in responding to the challenge.
Tired of having No Voice in the community.
Let's let the politicians know that we are not prepared to stay the silent majority!
There was an amazing 1000+ submitted to the planning dept. Your efforts should be applauded, considering that eight weeks ago, none of us had even heard of the proposed housing developments.
I know that some groups employed planners to submit their forms, which I am sure would have been much better quality and better worded than the one I submitted, but I think I got the main points across. The council display all of the representations on their site without the names on, I think that will take a couple of weeks as Mappleborough Green still to have theirs submitted.
FIt's a matter of principle.
When did you discover the plans?
Just before going on holiday at the beginning of September, I was walking to the allotment to pick some veg for a friend when I bumped into a local councillor who was walking his dog. We stopped for a brief chat, it was then he told me.
How did you feel about it?
To begin with, I still didn't really know the scale of their intentions. I asked for a meeting with a planner, to get an explanation. We met in the car park of the Blue Inn. I asked her why I didn't know about it. She told me that it had been in the papers and it was clear that people simply didn't care.
When did you decide on a campaign?
While I was on holiday, It kind of simmered in the back of my mind. I thought, if I care, why does no one else? So when I got back I asked around. It was then I discovered that no one knew about it. That was the moment.
Do you think that we can stop it?
That depends. Firstly, if our campaign loses momentum, the council will take heart and carry on regardless. But if we can keep them defending their policies, we stand a good chance. Edmund Burke once said, 'all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that all good men do nothing', and I believe this struggle is similar.
We need to be ready for the inspectors inquiry. Many people have said that the process was not legal, because of the lack of consolation. The inspector would need some proof of that, therefore is will be necessary for us to get a statement from every house on the green, ready to
present as evidence.
We also need to prepare ourselves for winning, because there will be no guarantee they will not do the same again in the future. We need go get the land reinstated as greenbelt. We also need to ensure transparency in any future process.