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Residents cheer as plan for 45 homes is refused
11:40am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A DECISION to refuse a controversial planning application in Powick was greeted with cheers from campaigners against the development.
About 100 people from the village turned up in protest against the plans to build 45 homes including 18 affordable dwellings near the Crown pub, close to the A449 Worcester-to-Malvern road.
Nine members of Malvern Hills District Council’s northern area development management committee voted against the proposals from Bovis Homes and three abstained at a meeting on Tuesday.
During the meeting, county and district councillor for Powick, Tom Wells, voiced strong objections about traffic in the area. He said: “The traffic movements resulting from the application would cause significant and irreversible harm to the wellbeing of people living in Russell Close, and beyond, by destroying the safe and quiet environment they currently enjoy.”
The Manual for Streets – a national document for guidance on highways – states a road must be 5.5 metres wide with two metres wide pathways either side on a road which serves more than 50 homes, but Russell Close is only 4.8 metres, he told the meeting.
Christopher Sweeney, a resident of Russell Close, said: “My children are currently lucky enough to be able to safely play in the street, walk to school, and visit their friends at the other end of the close.
“How can it be safe for my children to walk to school along a road where heavy construction traffic is attempting to make its way around sharp corners?”
The developers are expected to appeal against the decision.
Following the decision, villager Alan Wallcroft, of King Charles Avenue, said: “I am extremely pleased with the arguments put forward on our behalf.”
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