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Residents hit out at development plans
5:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
PEOPLE living near a proposed development site at Poolbrook say they remain strongly opposed to plans to build houses there.
Developer W J Bullock this week submitted two different planning applications to build a total of 63 homes on farmland between the existing Brook Farm Drive estate and the sewage works off Mill Lane.
Doug Whitfield, of the Poolbrook Residents Action Group, said there were a range of issues with the plan.
“This is the most inappropriate development idea we’ve seen in Malvern for a long while,” he said. “It’s blatantly opportunistic and to want to put 63 houses on this land which is a known flood risk, is criss-crossed by sewers and is right next to the sewage works.
“The site is also not allocated for housing in the South Worcestershire Development Plan and we feel Malvern Hills District Council can make a robust case that it has its five-year supply of housing sites.
“Our response to this will be to object in the strongest possible terms.”
The proposal to build on the site stirred up controversy last month when Malvern Hills Conservators granted the developer a right of access over its land in exchange for a payment that could total £1.5 million.
The decision was a U-turn as the Conservators had previously refused permission.
The two plans differ in the placement of the access; one is off Mill Lane itself and the other is off Charlock Road.
Paul Barton, of Malcolm Scott Consultants, said he hoped changes to the scheme would convince residents.
“By submitting two applications we hope to let residents, officers and members decide which they prefer,”
“We were very disappointed that the site was not included as a potential allocation in the SWDP for reasons which we do not consider to be correct.
“We consider the site entirely suitable for development. What these applications offer is an architect-designed scheme – amended to meet residents’ concerns – with very generous open space, and improved community facilities and ecological features.”
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