A VILLAGE has not moved any closed to finding out whether more than 160 homes will be built after waiting for a decision for months.

Hundreds of villagers in Rushwick near Worcester successfully fought off a plan by Custom Land Ltd to build 42 homes on land off Bransford Road more than two years ago but have been waiting more than six months already for a decision by the government after the developer appealed the decision.

Despite the opposition in the village against the homes and despite Malvern Hills District rejecting the plan, the homes could still be built if the government's planning inspector decides to overrule the council but no decision has so far come forward after it was submitted in January.

If given the go-ahead by the government, the homes could accompany another 120 planned for the edge of the village.

Lioncourt Homes wants to build a mix of one-to-four-bedroom homes in Rushwick but villagers have registered more than 270 objections with Malvern Hills District Council.

That plan was submitted in October last year and a decision has still not been made.

The homes would be built on fields to the eastern edge of the village between Claphill Lane, Bransford Road and the A4440.

Many objectors complained against the number of homes saying they were not needed and the village did not have the infrastructure to cope.

Malvern Hills District Council planners had rejected the Custom Land Ltd plan in March 2018 because it was outside the village's development boundary in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) and it would have impacted negatively on the character of the area.

The same plan was put forward again last year and rejected for a second time by council planners in June.

Rushwick Parish Council said no new homes should be built in the village until a proper housing assessment had been carried out.

Hundreds of objections were raised against both plans including a 400-plus petition in 2018.