UP TO 50 homes could still be built on part of a former city golf course despite councillors saying no to the plan earlier this year.

Worcester City Council's planning committee meets this week to make a final decision on a proposal by housing association Bromford to build the homes on part of the former Tolladine golf course in Worcester.

Councillors rejected the plan in February but will have to meet again to decide whether or not to give the homes the go-ahead as their decision went against the recommendation of the city council's planning officers for approval.

Officers have again recommended the plan is approved when the committee meets on Thursday (June 24).

Following on from May's local elections, the membership of the city council's planning committee has changed and has a new chairman in the shape of St Peter's councillor Mike Johnson.

Warndon councillor Andy Roberts, who spoke about the plan at February's meeting as the homes would be built within his ward, has also now joined the planning committee.

He was critical of applicant Bromford at the meeting over its claims about an "oversupply" of green space in Warndon adding that it was "ludicrous" to draw lines through green space and did not want to see green space in Worcester "rationed."

A campaign was set up to stop the homes being built with residents saying if the plan went ahead it would mean swapping priceless natural fields for pollution and congestion.

A petition against the plans attracted more than 800 signatures and more than 25 objections were made against the plan to the city council with Warndon Parish Council also objecting.

Campaigners said the fields are next to a local nature reserve and used regularly by families and young people, dog walkers and nature photographers who already have very few places left to go.

Bromford has proposed a mix of one-to-four-bedroom homes, of which 35 would be for rent and 15 shared ownership.