Plan to build 128 homes next to M5 in Wychbold near Droitwich

Bromford Housing Association has revealed plans to build 128 homes next to the M5 in Wychbold near Droitwich.

The ‘affordable’ homes would be built on two fields on either side of Crown Lane in Wychbold and would sit next to hundreds of homes built by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon in 2016 and 2017.

The green belt land to the north of Crown Lane is included in the application but not see any homes built on it.

The land would instead see more planting and used as new public open space.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: ABOVE: The new homes would be built on the fields to the right of the M5 in Wychbold

The land that would be built on is classed as open countryside and next to, but still outside, Wychbold’s agreed development boundary.

A four-metre-high bund and buffer would also be built and any gaps in the existing row of trees would be filled to ease noise coming from the busy M5. Some of the homes would be built facing the motorway to reduce noise from entering gardens.

A statement included with the application said: “The development would result in the loss of agricultural field which is harmful in landscape terms, together with the of some existing trees and hedgerow along the boundary of the site with Crown Lane.

“However, the development parcel is enclosed by built development and new habitats and tree planting would be provided.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: HOMES: Crown Lane in WychboldHOMES: Crown Lane in Wychbold (Image: Google Maps)

“Overall, the site is not considered to be so sensitive that development could not take place, particularly when considering the proposed mitigation offered.

“The development is within walking distance of all services and facilities of the village including shops, pubs, school, gym, village hall, playing fields and public transport routes.

“The site itself is of low sensitivity in landscape, ecology, heritage, ground and drainage and the issues with noise and air quality have been accommodated within the scheme.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: PLAN: The two parcels of land in the application with only the land next to the M5 being built on

“Highway improvements are proposed at the Crown Lane junction which will result in betterment for existing road users.

“The affordable housing offer comes at a time when delivery is low in the district and when housing need is increasing.”

You can have your say on the application by visiting Wychavon District Council’s website.

The application number is W/23/01622/FUL and consultation ends on September 28.


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