CONTROVERSIAL plans to build more than 2,500 new homes near Webheath are set to be given the go-ahead.

Councillors met to discuss the plans, for the demolition of existing buildings and the erection of up to 2,560 homes, earlier this week.

They voted to delegate the final decision to its head of planning.

The homes would be on land near Foxlydiate Lane and Pumphouse Lane which has been considered for development on several occasions over the last 30 years.

As well as new homes the plans also include building a local centre including a number of retail shops, health and community facilities, a school, as well as all associated playing areas and parking.

The application, which has received hundreds of public comments, many of them strongly objecting to it, went before Bromsgrove council chiefs last October.

Many have raised concerns about public safety, infrastructure, while many others have said the traffic plan is "seriously flawed" and needs reviewing.

Some have even called the application "frightening" that a large housing development is being considered when the land has not only a high pressure gas main, but also a petroleum pipeline running through it.