Moor Lane development receives green light

THE proposals to build 371 new homes in Westfield has been given the green light by the council’s planning committee.

The Moor Lane development, which has been met by opposition in both resident and councillor form, was given the seal of approval by committee members on Tuesday.

There was cheering and applause as objections were made during the evening discussions, but they soon turned into groans of anguish as the development was voted in.

Hundreds went online to registered their objections to developer Evolution’s bid to build 27 one-bedroom, 122 two-bedroom and 154 three-bedroom homes on the 9.75 hectare plot in February.

The primary concern over the build revolves around the site’s one and only access road, Balfour Avenue.

In March the council opened themselves up for criticism by cutting down eight trees along the street in preparation for the road’s widening, without planning permission, before the development had been signed off.

This prompted council chief executive Ray Morgan to comment on the council’s actions, and he cited nesting birds as the reason for the swift action that left residents with little time to oppose the felling of the trees.

The site has been outlined as a potential development for years and first underwent a public inquiry for the Local Plan back in 1999.

The Moor Lane project will go towards helping the council reach their affordable housing targets as part of the borough’s core strategy.

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