PLANS to build more than 200 houses and a car dealership in Shirley are being recommended for approval by council officers.
Councillors on the planning committee will tonight decide whether to follow that recommendation and grant planning permission for The Green, Stratford Road site.
The site is currently an business park which is not fully occupied.
Planning company M7 Real Estate has submitted plans to build 242 flats and houses with one to four bedrooms, a car dealership with MOT facilities and road access from Dog Kennel Lane and the A34 Cranmore Boulevard roundabout.
They are also seeking permission for an extra 330 houses and further car dealerships to be built on the site at a later date – details for these are not yet known.
Council officers have recommended approval subject to a number of conditions including businesses or houses to be occupied before the road works are complete, and detailed plans for the rest of the development to be submitted for approval within three years.
An officer’s agenda report for councillors says there were seven responses to the plans claiming there would be more traffic and a loss of privacy.
The planning officer’s report states: “The design and layout of both the proposed car dealerships and the residential units is considered acceptable in terms of scale, design and appearance.
“The developments have been designed to prevent any undue overlooking, overshadowing or overbearing effect and the amenities of nearby and future residents are considered to be adequately safeguarded.
“The applicant has submitted information demonstrating that there would be no detrimental impact to highway safety implications and that sufficient car parking provision would be provided to both residential and commercial areas of the site.”