Our proposals aim to deliver a balanced and sustainable long-term development for Perryfields, bringing with it a range of new homes, services and community facilities.Since our public consultations, some changes to the proposed scheme and the illustrative layout have taken place in order to consider the advice we received from planning officers and to reflect the comments we received during the public exhibition.
Our proposals include the following key elements:
The proposals seek to deliver up to 1,300 high-quality new homes over a period of 8-10 years. These will range from starter homes for those stepping onto the property ladder through to larger family homes. The proposals also include the provision of affordable housing including affordable rent and shared ownership schemes for local people in housing need.
Road network improvements
We will commit more than £7m to improve local highways, as part of our scheme.
The alignment of the main spine road though the site has been adjusted following our consultation period to provide an improved route with a more direct link to the employment land. Extensive work has been undertaken to analyse traffic impacts, and the proposals for new junctions at either end of the site have been refined.
A substantial package of highways improvements to junctions in the town centre and on the A38 has been agreed with Worcestershire County Council’s Highways Department. These will be delivered either by physical construction or contributions to the Highways Authority.
Developer contributions, growth funding and physical works undertaken on site improve the capacity of the road network. Traffic flow in Bromsgrove will be better with development and improvements than without either. Contributions will be collected early to allow improvements to come forward during the early years of development.
The development proposals will include improvements to Perryfields Road. To the south, the existing Perryfields Road junction with Whitford Road will be closed to traffic with a new roundabout junction delivered along Kidderminster Road with Perryfields Road realigned accordingly. To the north, Perryfields Road will be diverted away from its existing line to link with a new traffic light junction further north along Stourbridge Road. Additionally, working in collaboration with the development at Whitford Road, improvements to the junction at Fox Lane/Rock Hill will offer a significant benefit to road users on this corridor.
In addition, we will spend £1.1m on sustainable travel. This includes enhancements to pedestrian and cycle connections. We will also set aside £300,000 to pay for improved public transport services, including a bus route through the development which links with the town centre and railway station. We will also make contributions towards sustainable rail travel and improved rail services.
There will be a range of potential job opportunities through the five hectares of employment space provided within the development.
This employment area will provide space for small and medium-sized businesses, allowing companies in and around Bromsgrove the space and opportunity to grow.
Local centre and community facilities
A new local centre will be situated at the heart of the development to provide local services, shops and additional community facilities to meet the day-to-day needs of the community.
A green infrastructure strategy has also been drawn up, including proposals for a new recreation area with sports pitches and a pavilion.
The proposals will include a flood risk and water management strategy. Development of green corridors and linkages through the site will be introduced, which will include the retention and enhancement of existing footpath and cycling connections. The creation of sustainable links will help existing residents to access the facilities as well as giving new residents good access.
A range of noise mitigation methods have also been tested, and a preferred solution identified. An acoustic barrier along the edge of the site will be provided to reduce any noise from the motorway to an acceptable level.
Extra care retirement facilities
New extra care facilities would be brought forward by specialised providers, where different levels of care for the elderly would be provided. This will form an integral part of the local centre.
Areas of public open space will include landscape and ecological enhancements. The green corridors will contain features such as pathways, trim track, formal and informal play facilities, edible corridors and habitat enhancing initiatives.