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Ledbury housing plans
12:46pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
PLANS to build 700 new houses to the north of Ledbury viaduct have been downscaled – to 625 new homes.
But Herefordshire Council, under its core strategy – the planning blueprint for the county for the next 25 years – still wants a further 135 new homes built elsewhere in town.
The matter was discussed at a recent Ledbury Town Council meeting.
Councillor Clive Jupp said: "I am concerned that the ambitious figure of 800 homes, which the town council never accepted, has been reduced – but not really reduced.”
Coun Liz Harvey, a Herefordshire councillor for Ledbury, said: “There has been no real movement on the level of housing that the town is expected to accept.”
The town council has long pushed for fewer houses, a total of 425.
Speaking after the meeting, Coun Peter Watts, a Herefordshire councillor for Ledbury, said: “I don’t welcome the reduction because it should be lower. The town council wanted 425 houses, but let’s deal with this.”
He called for the new homes to be built in “phased sessions”, a process that could take many years.
Coun Watts was still worried about access and egress onto the north of the viaduct site. He said: “Certainly the Bromyard Road is not up to it.”
He said the plans and level of housing could still be challenged during a period of public consultation in the autumn.
Coun Watts resigned from Ledbury Town Council after the meeting, on the grounds of continuing poor health.
But he said it was his intention to carry on as a Herefordshire councillor and to attend the full meetings of Ledbury Town Council in that capacity.
His resignation means there is now a vacancy on the town council.
It will be advertised, with a cut-off date given for those seeking an election.
If no one calls for an election then the vacancy could be filled by co-option.
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