Building site. Pic: Ian Britton

A report to Lichfield District Council has recommended refusing plans to build 180 new homes near Whittington.

A meeting of the local authority’s planning committee this evening (February 23) will discuss the proposal for land off Fisherwick Road.

The report to the meeting has said that the land had not been allocated for residential development in the Local Plan, and also highlighted wider issues with the development.

“The application fails to fully demonstrate that a safe and suitable access can be achieved,” the report says. “Accordingly, the development could potentially result in additional danger to users of the highway.

“The application fails to demonstrate that sustainable travbel can be achieved due to the location of the site and the lack of convenient and safe pedestrian routes to services and facilities in Whittington, including links to nearest public transport facilities.

“The proposed development, by reason of its scale, location and shape would appear as an isolated and incongruous urban intrustion into the rural landscape.”

A final decision will be made at the meeting, which takes place in the Council Chamber at 6pm.


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