Residents rally in field to protest against housing plans

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RESIDENTS living near land threatened by housing development gathered in the field to show their defiance.

About 80 people gathered at the former allotment site off Lower Howsell Road for a photoshoot-cum-rally in opposition to plans to build 110 homes there.

Local people feel that developing the land would put an intolerable strain on surrounding residential roads and the area's infrastructure.

The land is owned by the Madresfield estate, and the plans were unveiled in June by planning consultants Harris Lamb.

Ron Harris of Summerfield Road, who is organising the campaign and has founded the Malvern Link Forum as the protest body, said: "It was a really good turn-out on Friday, and it just goes to show how strong people living in this area feel about this.

"All the fields between the existing houses and Newland are set for development in the South Worcestershire Development Plan, and it this field is built on as well, there just won't be any open space for children to play or people to walk their dogs.

"The access off Lower Howsell Road is terrible. There was a plan to develop the land in 1993, which was turned down for that reason, and the traffic has only got worse since then."

He said the petition he started against the development has reached 650 signatures. He said: "We brought the petition to the rally and people were signing it there. We've gone all round the houses getting signatures. I set a target of 750 signatures before sending it in to Malvern Hills District Council, and we're now within 100 of that."

The protest campaign continues with a public meeting next Tuesday, August 12, at the Malvern Cricket Club, Regency Road, starting at 7pm.

Mr Harris said: "Everyone is welcome. Two of the ward councillors, Clive Smith and Mike Soley, have agreed to come."

And the following Saturday, August 16, he will have a table in Worcester Road, Malvern Link, to persuade passers-by to sign the petition.

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5:20pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lord Newbold says...

I admire the stance taken by Mr. Ron Harris, and his band of objectors. I truly hope they succeed and that their demonstrations bear some fruit for the whole area.

It has been known in areas around the UK that demonstrations such has these organised by Ron Harris, also get the backing of the Council, and in rare circumstances the whole planning committee...

One of the dangers with a refusal without undisputable evidence in genuine planning objections. In circumstances such as this. Objectors should be fully aware that the applicant would have the right of appeal.

If an application goes to appeal then the decision to approve or refuse an appeal is usually taken by outsiders, who from experience are usually those who are NIMBY’s at heart and they will be happy to consider an application that is well distanced from their back yard...

Objection generally falls into three categories. .

1. Genuine planning objections
2. Those who just follow the crowd
3. Those who would not want a play area for children anywhere near their own home.
Following the crowd is easy, signing petitions is easy.

However, making a case to persuade a government inspector to sin die an application needs some excellent organisation with the hope to succeed.
I admire the stance taken by Mr. Ron Harris, and his band of objectors. I truly hope they succeed and that their demonstrations bear some fruit for the whole area. It has been known in areas around the UK that demonstrations such has these organised by Ron Harris, also get the backing of the Council, and in rare circumstances the whole planning committee... One of the dangers with a refusal without undisputable evidence in genuine planning objections. In circumstances such as this. Objectors should be fully aware that the applicant would have the right of appeal. If an application goes to appeal then the decision to approve or refuse an appeal is usually taken by outsiders, who from experience are usually those who are NIMBY’s at heart and they will be happy to consider an application that is well distanced from their back yard... Objection generally falls into three categories. . 1. Genuine planning objections 2. Those who just follow the crowd 3. Those who would not want a play area for children anywhere near their own home. Following the crowd is easy, signing petitions is easy. However, making a case to persuade a government inspector to sin die an application needs some excellent organisation with the hope to succeed. Lord Newbold
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