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Cliff fears put end to home plans; WOMBOURNE.

PLANS to build homes in Wombourne have been booted out amid fears work will send boulders from a nearby cliff tumbling on a cul-de-sac below.

Councillors refused the application for three bungalows in Station Road to protect residents living below.

And they dubbed a report - to find out how stable the cliff is - 'inconclusive'. Eleven villagers had written to the council, objecting to the scheme.

Coun Alan Hinton told a meeting last week: "Below the cliff is a cul-de-sac and this cliff is right above the back gardens of these houses. The people there are very concerned over the erosion or collapse of the cliff during the erection of these houses.

"I can't see the geotechnical report is conclusive at all. It does nothing to reassure residents that the cliff will not collapse.

"We can't allow this building to be developed until we have a more detailed report in front of us."

Under the proposed scheme, an existing property would be demolished to make way for the new bungalows.
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