Residents have objected to revised plans for 40 new homes in a village near Worcester.

A scheme to build dozens of homes on land off Dilmore Lane in Fernhill Heath was changed following criticism from residents.

Developers William Davis Ltd said a “comprehensive review” of the proposal was carried out after feedback from both district and county planners.

Worcester News: Plans for new homes off Dilmore Lane in Fernhill HeathPlans for new homes off Dilmore Lane in Fernhill Heath (Image: William Davis Homes)

The layout of the planned development has been changed so that most properties face onto areas of public open space, while the total number of homes has been reduced from 42 to 40.

It is still planned to include 16 ‘affordable homes’ - 11 for social rent and five classed as ‘first homes’ - and the proposal now includes three bungalows.

Neighbours have raised concerns about the impact of the development on traffic and local amenities. A number of people also said the site is prone to flooding.

Harriet Field said: “This plan would impose more strain on an area that is already struggling.

“The roads around Dilmore Lane and Danes Green are not set up to deal with the level of traffic that has already been created by the previous development, let alone further housing.”

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David Roberts said: “There remains a lack of pedestrian access along Dilmore Lane. This has been an issue for seven years.

“The hydrology survey should be revisited as water not captured on site will run off the site into the existing drainage infrastructure and flow northeast from the site, which is already under considerable strain from previous developments,” he added.

Worcestershire Highways said it had no objection to the amended proposal, saying it is “not expected to generate any new traffic safety concerns or have a detrimental impact on the safety and operation of the existing highway network”.

Worcestershire County Council, in its role as the lead local flood authority, has withdrawn its previous objection but make a number of suggestions to prevent flood risk and pollution.

A separate plan for 130 homes off Dilmore Lane has also been submitted to Wychavon District Council by Lioncourt Strategic Land.