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Public to have a say on scheme
MEMBERS of the public will be given the chance to have their say on plans to re-develop the historic former Malvern Water bottling plant into a nursing home and houses.
As we reported, Blue Cedar Homes has re-submitted plans for a sweeping makover of the old Schweppes base in Colwall.
While Herefordshire Council will ultimately decide whether to give the planning application the goahead, councillors in Colwall have called a special meeting to ensure local people have a chance to have their views heard.
The extraordinary Colwall Parish Council planning committee meeting is taking place in the village hall on Wednesday, November 6, at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Colwall parish clerk Karen Davis said: “It is a meeting where the plans will be presented and we will be asking people for their opinions before our planning committee agrees on what recommendations to make to the county council.”
Blue Cedar Homes, which specialises in retirement developments, bought the site from Coca-Cola Enterprises, after it unexpectedly closed the plant in October 2010.
It originally submitted redevelopment plans at the start of this year but withdrew them a short while later following talks with planners and interested parties.
The latest plans propose a 46-bedroom nursing home with gardens and parking, plus 12 purpose-built homes for older people and four terraced houses for sale on the open market.
The planning application also includes nine affordable homes and a singlestorey shop. The listed Tank House building will remain on site.
Blue Cedar says its latest plans reflect the views expressed by local residents during public consultations.
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