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Wyre Forest District Council has confirmed its next steps in respect of development of land at Pearl Lane, Astley Cross, immediately adjacent to Wyre Forest’s boundary.

The Council has confirmed that, having examined the options carefully, it does not intend to challenge the decision on the planning application. It is likely that Malvern Hills District Council will include the site in the revisions to the South Worcestershire Development Plan, as it now benefits from outline planning permission.

Councillor John Campion, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Regeneration, said:

“We have invested in an up-to-date Local Plan to support economic and housing growth and to protect our communities from unplanned developments. We continue to press our neighbouring authorities to do the same and, where appropriate, to make sure that they fund local infrastructure in Wyre Forest for any developments adjacent to our District’s boundaries.

“In respect of Astley Cross, Wyre Forest District Council will continue support for the adoption of the South Worcestershire Development Plan to deter any future development proposals in the locality. We will also seek appropriate use of the developer’s contributions for the 62 dwellings that have received outline permission, particularly in respect of affordable housing provision and public open space in Wyre Forest. We look forward to a positive outcome from discussions with Malvern Hills about these issues.”

The development of 62 dwellings was granted outline planning permission on 2 April 2014 by the Northern Area Development Management Committee of Malvern Hills District Council (planning reference 13/01405/OUT). Wyre Forest District Council opposed the application, as did Stourport-on-Severn Town Council, Mark Garnier MP and many local residents in Areley Kings.

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