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Revealed, re-think of bottling plant vision
9:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
REVISED PLANS: The application includes, clockwise from top, a nursing home, the listed Tank House, and a new shop.
PLANS to turn the historic former Malvern Water bottling plant into a nursing home and houses have been re-submitted.
Affordable houses for young families and openmarket homes are also among the plans from applicants Blue Cedar Homes for the old Schweppes base in Colwall.
Plans were originally submitted in January but were withdrawn shortly after following talks with planners and other interested parties.
The proposed development would feature a 46-bed nursing home with gardens and parking, plus 12 purposebuilt homes for older people with communal gardens, and four terraced houses for sale on the open market.
The plans also include nine affordable homes and a single- storey shop.
Changes to the previous application include removing some bedrooms in the nursing home from part of the upper floor because of concerns from a neighbouring property.
A small number of extra car parking spaces will also be added to the nursing home plan.
The shop, meanwhile, has been reduced in size, while the number of affordable terraced houses has dropped by one to give a “greater sense of spaciousness” and more opportunity for tree planting and wider pavements.
Blue Cedar, which specialises in properties for those of retirement age, bought the site from Coca- Cola Enterprises, which closed the plant down in October 2010.
The company says it reexamined the scheme following talks with “local planning authority officers and some of their consultees, stakeholders and interested parties”.
The listed Tank House building will remain onsite.
According to planning documents submitted to Herefordshire Council this week, Blue Cedar said public consultations had highlighted what residents in Colwall would like to see.
“These include the provision of a nursing home, and an enlarged shop with dedicated car parking appear to be popular,” said the applicants.
“A strong desire has emerged to provide as great as possible diversity of housing with small household housing, affordable housing and specialist older people’s housing offers all represented.
All of these things the scheme will do.”
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