APPROVAL for a massive housing development near Bromsgrove has been delayed amid fears constriction vehicles could cause traffic chaos.

Redditch Council's planning committee opted to a proposal for the construction of up to 2,560 homes on ice while more negotiations take place about access to the site.

Heyford Developments Ltd And UK Land And Developments Ltd want to build on land near Foxlydiate Lane and Pumphouse Lane close to Tardebigge

Councillor Gareth Prosser said the plan was a “disaster waiting to happen” and the council and the developer should go back to the drawing board.

Cllr Bill Hartnett called for the deferral of a decision and said access roads should be built before any homes were built.

The homes were backed by planners in Bromsgrove at a meeting in October despite the application receiving almost 150 public comments, many of them strongly objecting to it.

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

Some said it is "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.

Councillor Peter Whittaker, who represents Tardebigge on Bromsgrove District Council where many of the homes would be built, said thousands of new homes were not needed now housing supply calculations for Redditch had changed.

He said the homes were in an unsustainable location for Bromsgrove and the plan was premature.

Cllr Whittaker, who is vice chairman of the planning committee in Bromsgrove but was barred from the debate in October, said the feeling that the site had been chosen due to its lack of objection and it was already a done deal would not go away.

He criticised his colleagues in Bromsgrove for the lack of debate over the application.

Redditch Council officers said the access road from Foxlydiate Lane would only be used to build the new access from Birchfield Road.

They also said building a new access from Birchfield Road straight away would be difficult.

As well as new homes the plans also include a centre including shops, health and community facilities, a school and play areas.

Bromsgrove will get council tax or New Homes Bonus money form the development.