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Pickersleigh is not right place for 92 new homes
8:10pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
PICKERSLEIGH Grove is the wrong place for a proposed new development of 92 homes, says the area’s town councillor.
Festival Homes wants to build the new homes on a site currently occupied by 50 flats in 12 buildings built in the post-war period, and on a nearby field currently used for grazing.
This week, Malvern Town Council’s strategic planning committee met to discuss the application, and Coun Pat Mewton, one of the Pickersleigh ward councillors, queried why such a big development should be built there.
He said: “Pickersleigh is already the most densely populated ward and we don’t have the infrastructure and the shops to support further development.
“The drainage system is already at full capacity and building on the field will mean more runoff in wet weather, straining the system even further.
“There’s a need for affordable housing in Malvern, but there are lots and lots of other areas in Malvern that could be used.”
Committee members agreed to comment to Malvern Hills District Council, which will decide the plan, that the part of the development on the field is unsuitable and should not be allowed.
They also agreed almost all of the homes should be allocated for affordable social housing, rather than the 55 out of 92 which have been proposed by Festival.
Festival says the £12 million development is needed because the existing homes are in a poor state of repair and would cost to much to repair.
As previously reported in your Malvern Gazette when the application was submitted the existing 48 homes in 12 buildings were only ever a solution to the post-Second World War housing boom.
“The homes there are made from a construction type called precast reinforced concrete (PRC) that is designated defective, meaning you couldn’t get a mortgage if you bought one,” said Duncan Smith, Festival’s head of new business and initiatives.
He said residents will be given priority to come back once the development has finished.
- Malvern Civic Society says the idea, for which planning permission was submitted in mid-August, should be refused.
The society said: “We reluctantly accept the existing houses will be replaced although we know of other instances in the UK where they are being refurbished and insulated.
“But we strongly object to new build on the adjacent field. This field is part of Malvern’s urban greenspace and not included in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan.
“Moreover, if permission were given to build here, it would be difficult to defend planning applications on neighbouring fields.”
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