Council has a change of heart over providing more school places in Malvern Vale

Malvern Gazette: BROKEN PROMISES: A campaign group has been formed to collect signatures for a petition. BROKEN PROMISES: A campaign group has been formed to collect signatures for a petition.

PARENTS have reacted angrily to news that a new primary school is unlikely to be built in their community in the near future.

The new school was app-roved as part of the planning application for Malvern Vale, off Leigh Sinton Road, by developers Persimmon Homes in 2006 but the ultimate responsibility for its construction fell to Worcester-shire County Council.

The council says there are currently sufficient school places in the town and therefore no need to build the new school.

But Malvern Vale residents group is lobbying the county council to push ahead, based on the findings of its own survey, which says there are about 200 children aged four and below currently living on the estate.

The group’s chairman, Tom James, said, “The group has great concerns about the future of schooling for the children on Malvern Vale.

“We are doing all we can to persuade Worcestershire County Council to change their minds and go ahead with the original plans.

“We are building a real community here on Malvern Vale and this primary school is vital to continue this into the future.”

The group says it fears nearby schools will soon become full and the land earmarked for the school next to the Malvern Vale Community Centre will be sold back to the developers for more housing.

They have so far collected 40 signatures on thier petition.

Coun John Raine, county councillor for Malvern Trinity, said: “Plans for Malvern Vale were approved as a self-sustaining community concept with strong emphasis on pedestrian movement.

“Malvern Vale residents would rightly feel badly cheated if the county council now decided against building the school.”

Malvern Vale resident Katy Pitt, who is mum to Molly-Mae, aged two, and Toby, five months, said the proposed school was a “big part” of the reason she moved to the estate.

“The council really need to take another look at this and reconsider their options.”

Coun Liz Eyre, the county council’s cabinet member for children and families, said: "At this time the number of school places in the Malvern area is sufficient, however, the county council will continue to monitor numbers and respond as necessary.”

For more information on signing the petition, go to ipetitions.com/petition/malvernvale.

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8:28pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Andy-Apache says...

Well DUH!

Why would developers use all that land for something they will see minimal return on when they can cram a load more highly profitable houses in.

They reneged on their 'promise' to build light industrial properties at the back of the existing industrial buildings too.

So, no education facilities, no employment facilities. Makes you wonder exactly who the extra houses are for doesn't it?
Well DUH! Why would developers use all that land for something they will see minimal return on when they can cram a load more highly profitable houses in. They reneged on their 'promise' to build light industrial properties at the back of the existing industrial buildings too. So, no education facilities, no employment facilities. Makes you wonder exactly who the extra houses are for doesn't it? Andy-Apache

11:00am Tue 3 Dec 13

green49 says...

When plans are approved that is what is supposed to be built, Try getting this school built in 5 years time and there will be no chance at all as the builders will say that the time on the approval has lapsed, the WCC has also not done its job again in not enforcing the planning approval.
When plans are approved that is what is supposed to be built, Try getting this school built in 5 years time and there will be no chance at all as the builders will say that the time on the approval has lapsed, the WCC has also not done its job again in not enforcing the planning approval. green49

12:48pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Hwicce says...

green49 wrote:
When plans are approved that is what is supposed to be built, Try getting this school built in 5 years time and there will be no chance at all as the builders will say that the time on the approval has lapsed, the WCC has also not done its job again in not enforcing the planning approval.
It's nothing to do with the developers.

The council own the land and are responsible for building the school. It's the Council who aren't doing it not the devlopers.

As for enforcing the planning application the Council would have to prosecute themseleves - not going to happen is it?
[quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: When plans are approved that is what is supposed to be built, Try getting this school built in 5 years time and there will be no chance at all as the builders will say that the time on the approval has lapsed, the WCC has also not done its job again in not enforcing the planning approval.[/p][/quote]It's nothing to do with the developers. The council own the land and are responsible for building the school. It's the Council who aren't doing it not the devlopers. As for enforcing the planning application the Council would have to prosecute themseleves - not going to happen is it? Hwicce

3:04pm Tue 3 Dec 13

gemma6 says...

If my memory serves me correctly, St Peter's was promised exactly the same all those years ago. Funny that!
If my memory serves me correctly, St Peter's was promised exactly the same all those years ago. Funny that! gemma6

11:49pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Andy-Apache says...

I had this crazy idea that planning applications were approved based on a plan.

Wonder if I'd get away with it if I get plans approved for a single story extension, then just build a two story?

I've sent several emails to WCC regarding similar things to the school for Malvern Vale, and they deal with them very efficienly by ignoring them.
I had this crazy idea that planning applications were approved based on a plan. Wonder if I'd get away with it if I get plans approved for a single story extension, then just build a two story? I've sent several emails to WCC regarding similar things to the school for Malvern Vale, and they deal with them very efficienly by ignoring them. Andy-Apache

10:07am Thu 5 Dec 13

WhyBother says...

Hwicce wrote:
green49 wrote:
When plans are approved that is what is supposed to be built, Try getting this school built in 5 years time and there will be no chance at all as the builders will say that the time on the approval has lapsed, the WCC has also not done its job again in not enforcing the planning approval.
It's nothing to do with the developers.

The council own the land and are responsible for building the school. It's the Council who aren't doing it not the devlopers.

As for enforcing the planning application the Council would have to prosecute themseleves - not going to happen is it?
My understanding was that the developers plans to build x number of house was with the understanding a school and community facilities were built?
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]green49[/bold] wrote: When plans are approved that is what is supposed to be built, Try getting this school built in 5 years time and there will be no chance at all as the builders will say that the time on the approval has lapsed, the WCC has also not done its job again in not enforcing the planning approval.[/p][/quote]It's nothing to do with the developers. The council own the land and are responsible for building the school. It's the Council who aren't doing it not the devlopers. As for enforcing the planning application the Council would have to prosecute themseleves - not going to happen is it?[/p][/quote]My understanding was that the developers plans to build x number of house was with the understanding a school and community facilities were built? WhyBother

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