From the Hereford Times
AFTER years of disagreement, plans for a housing development in Bromyard have finally received the seal of approval from town councillors. Marsten Developments' pitch includes plans for 76 houses, six industrial units and an office on a site at Porthouse Farm. The proposal, which has been scaled back from a first application featuring 175 houses, was backed by town councillors meeting on Monday.
Marsten had also seen a second attempt to build 127 homes on the land near Tenbury Road rejected due to concerns over noise before coming up with the latest plan for 76 properties.
Stennard Harrison, Marsten's director, said he is relieved to finally have reached an agreement with the town council. He said: "We feel we had a good liaison with the council and we came to a compromise that suits both parties.
"It is a relief to have this approval after several years - it's been a long time coming."
A previous objection from the town council was based on the belief that the land could be better used for industrial purposes, but Roger Page, the chairman of the town council's planning committee, believes this has now been resolved.
He said: "I think this is a very good example of localism where the town council was able to sit down with the developers and work out a scheme. This may be the end of more than a decade where nothing has been happening with the land at all. "This is a much more acceptable scheme. The noise issues have been resolved with less houses and a third of the site is given to industrial usage which is crucial." The proposal was voted through by four votes to three with one councillor abstaining.
The planning application needs backing from Herefordshire Council's Planning Committee. A date for that meeting has yet to be set.