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Proposals to demolish the Foxlydiate Arms, which have been submitted to Bromsgrove District Council as part of plans to develop the site for new homes, have been opposed by Redditch Borough Council.

The borough council confirmed its position in a three-page formal response agreed at Wednesday’s (July 17) Planning Committee, after being consulted over the proposals.

The response concludes that the council supports the principle of housing on the site, which is in accordance with local policies, but that the current application ‘would result in the loss of a non-designated heritage asset… without any reasoned justification’. It also states that the council believes the converted building could provide ‘an element of the much needed housing’.

Cllr Matt Dormer, Leader of Redditch Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “We agree there could be a development there that brings new homes that people sorely need. But it should not come at the cost of a building that’s a part of the town’s history. We’ve already lost too many key historic buildings in Redditch to hasty demolitions.”

The site is on Birchfield Road, on the Western edge of Redditch, which forms the boundary between the local authority areas of Redditch Borough and Bromsgrove District. It is on the Bromsgrove District side of the road.

For the full response and the report to the Planning Committee dealing with it, please see item nine on the agenda for the meeting.