CONCERNED villagers have said schools and roads could not cope if a plan to build 12 affordable homes was given the go-ahead.

Platform Housing has put forward a plan to build the new homes on vacant land off Froxmere Road in Crowle near Worcester.

Several villagers have already objected to the plan saying Crowle would be unable to cope with more homes - particularly its schools.

Ian and Linda Boden of Church Road said if the homes were allowed to be built it should be incorporated into the overall number of 40 homes for Crowle earmarked in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) and not on top of.

Mr and Mrs Boden's objection said: “In the current SWDP review this site was considered in conjunction with a larger adjacent site on the other side of Froxmere Road.

“Both were discounted on the basis that a site on Church Road was favourable and so is proposed to be taken forward.

"As such, the development of the Church Road site will satisfy any local need for affordable housing.

“The proposed site creates an important separation between Crowle and Lower Crowle. Development here will materially and irrecoverably alter the character of the historic settlements.”

The plans include two bungalows and a mix of four one-bed flats and one-to-three-bed homes.

Tony Wall of Pear Tree Way said the land was a poor choice to build more homes.

He said: “The current road infrastructure through the village is at capacity.

"We have a school in Church Road which is already over-congested during school hours.

“Whilst I appreciate the need for affordable housing the current suggested location is a poor choice and the current utilities are at full stretch and would require a huge infrastructure investment to support the application.

Derrick Colby of Church Road said Crowle did not have the facilities to manage if more homes were built.

He said: “My objection to this development is based on the view that Crowle has inadequate infrastructure to cope.

“Specifically, there is inadequate sewage facility and further traffic will make the narrow roads even more hazardous than they are now, especially around Crowle School.”

The plans can be viewed via the planning section of Wychavon District Council's website. Consultation runs until March 5. The application number is 20/00143/FUL.