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New housing development in Shirley will increase accidents, says councillor

A HOUSING development earmarked for a ‘dilapidated’ site in Shirley will be built near an accident blackspot, according to a borough councillor.

A HOUSING development earmarked for a ‘dilapidated’ site in Shirley will be built near an accident blackspot, according to a borough councillor.

Developers have been asked to go back to the drawing board with their plans for 33 new homes on land off Wolston Close, after councillors raised concerns over lack of amenities and the ‘over intensity’ of the development.

The proposal, which was discussed at last week’s planning meeting, includes a mixture of two and three bedroom homes with 54 off street parking spaces.

Planning officers, who recommended the plans for approval, told members the housing development would be an ideal way to clean up the site.

The complex will also include 13 affordable houses and the developers have offered a financial contribution to improve open space facilities.

Councillor Karen Grinsell (Con, Shirley East) said the number of accidents in her ward has increased in recent years.

“Parents are concerned for their children’s safety,” she told members.

She added: “Between 2009 and 2012, there have been several accidents [in the Olton Road area].

“With the number of cars entering and exiting the new development, there is a risk that these accidents will increase.”

Members also raised concerns over the amount of houses included in the scheme, the size of the planned gardens and the lack of play facilities for children.

The committee agreed to defer the decision to allow the developer to address the concerns raised.

 

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