Hordes of residents horrified at plans to ‘swamp’ Tidbury Green with 200 extra houses packed into a planning meeting to anxiously await the outcome of the controversial development.
But those living near the Lowbrook Farm site, where Gallagher Estates want to build the new homes, have been given a stay of execution after councillors agreed at last Wednesday’s meeting to defer their decision.
Residents fear the loss of wildlife and natural landscape as well as the impact on local roads and drainage works.
Householder Philip Thurston said there was ‘genuine heartfelt concern’ from those living close to Lowbrook Farm.
“Road use would increase by over 400 vehicles daily,” he said.
“I believe the noise impact alone of this as well as the risk to my young children as pedestrians is enough to stop this proposal moving forward.”
Neighbour Margaret Ballard added: “The council has already drawn up their local development plan which allows for further housing at Dickens Heath and there seems no need to expand this provision even further.
“We have seen our once quiet rural hamlet become much busier since the motorway opened and Dickens Heath was built and feel more residents on this scale will completely swamp our community.”
Councillor Linda Brown (Ind, Blythe) has backed residents’ opposition to the proposal.
“It’s 200 homes. We have not got the infrastructure, the shops or facilities to support this amount of people. Fifty houses would just about be sustainable but no more than that.
“If the plans are thrown out, there is a high possibility they will be approved on appeal - we are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.”