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Council says 'no' to homes proposal
NEW plans for 53 houses in Leigh Sinton should be thrown out, the parish council has said.
Leigh and Bransford Parish Council has voted unanimously against the application by Cala Homes for 53 houses on a field off Kiln Lane.
John Sharp, chairman of the parish council, told the Gazette after its meeting local people were overwhelmingly opposed to the scheme – 80 villagers were at the meeting.
He said reasons to reject it include fears that it will overwhelm the village’s sewage system, that it will increase the flood risk on the Malvern road in heavy rain, and that it does not reflect the housing needs of the village.
He said: “The biggest reason of all is that it is a development in the ‘significant gap’ which has been identified in the Malvern Hills local plan to prevent the coalescence of Leigh Sinton at Malvern Link.
“This policy has been upheld by planning inspectors and in recent years has been used to turn down a plan by Taylor Wimpey and another one for a travellers site.”
The council also voted unanimously to turn down a plan to build nine houses on land off Hop Pole Lane, made by Lady Christabel Flight, wife of former Tory MP Howard Flight.
Again, sewage fears and village housing needs were cited.
Both applications will be decided by Malvern Hills District Council.
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