Planners earmark homes for approval

Evesham Journal: Planners earmark homes for approval Planners earmark homes for approval

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 256 new homes near Worcester have been earmarked for approval by planning officials.

Bloor Homes want to start a major new development on land off Kilbury Drive, near Spetchley, despite fierce opposition from residents but officers at Wychavon District Council have recommended the plans be approved at a meeting tomorrow.

Campaigners living in and around Spetchley Road say the scheme will cause more congestion and pile pressure onto the drainage network.

They also say when it rains puddles of water appear on the land, and want it to be refused.

Because the area sits just yards from the border of Worcester, it falls under the territory of Wychavon District Council.

And a report from the district’s planning team suggests it should be accepted, saying it will give the area a big economic boost.

The developers will be asked for £3.2 million of cash to benefit the neighbourhood if its gets the green light, as well as making 35 per cent of the estate affordable homes.

Councillor Richard Boorn, who represents the Nunnery city council ward, next to the land, has attacked it.

“I find the whole planning system to be totally biased in favour of developers,” he said. “If developers are refused anything, they can appeal, but the public can’t – how is that fair?

“They should have exactly the same rights.

“People have made the point there are flooding issues on that site and when it comes to Spetchley Road, two people have been run down in the last six months.

“I don’t think it’s a level playing field in this country. We’ve got an economy basically built on land value and it’s wrong.”

However, the Wychavon District Council report said the benefits of the development outweigh any negatives.

County Hall has asked for £101,000 towards improving local bus services so they operate hourly from 7am to 7pm.

There are also proposals to improve Redhill roundabout, spend £30,000 on bus shelters down the route and create a new access to the site from Spetchley Road.

New surfacing, lighting and cycle ways will also be part of the overall package, as well as a new public realm in front of the Kilbury Drive shopping parade.

A previous application for the land was refused in January 2012, but the report said the new scheme is a “high quality development” with a “distinctive style” and a good number of affordable homes.

It also said there will be a separate drainage system to cope with the new homes.

The meeting starts at 2pm at the civic centre in Pershore.

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3:45pm Wed 19 Jun 13

skychip says...

I wonder how many Wychavon District Council planners live by this site, don't think they would be recommending approval then. Have they ever visited the area during the day especially at peak times, would be interested to know.
I wonder how many Wychavon District Council planners live by this site, don't think they would be recommending approval then. Have they ever visited the area during the day especially at peak times, would be interested to know. skychip
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4:19pm Wed 19 Jun 13

laidback says...

You got there first and are absolutely correct.
You got there first and are absolutely correct. laidback
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7:18pm Wed 19 Jun 13

saucerer says...

Planners would never approve a development if it were on their doorstep, and as for assessing the site, that would be a no no as they're too comfy sat in their offices. Also, the highways department must have agreed with the planners too, despite the fact that with 2-3 cars per household, we'd see at least 500 vehicle movements a day.
Planners would never approve a development if it were on their doorstep, and as for assessing the site, that would be a no no as they're too comfy sat in their offices. Also, the highways department must have agreed with the planners too, despite the fact that with 2-3 cars per household, we'd see at least 500 vehicle movements a day. saucerer
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7:40pm Wed 19 Jun 13

skychip says...

And that is plus all the cars journeys in the area as a result of the school, college and County Hall. Frightening prospect.
And that is plus all the cars journeys in the area as a result of the school, college and County Hall. Frightening prospect. skychip
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8:08pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Kilbury Estate Action Group says...

The statement "there will be a separate drainage system to cope with the new homes" gives a totally distorted view of the situation. The new drainage will connect into the existing drainage system in Staplow Road, which has a 40+ years history of blockages and regular flooding.
The statement "there will be a separate drainage system to cope with the new homes" gives a totally distorted view of the situation. The new drainage will connect into the existing drainage system in Staplow Road, which has a 40+ years history of blockages and regular flooding. Kilbury Estate Action Group
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10:47am Thu 20 Jun 13

sugarlump says...

yep, a little bit more of England gone!
yep, a little bit more of England gone! sugarlump
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1:00pm Sat 22 Jun 13

green49 says...

As this proposal is to use Walkers lane the narrowest part of the area for some of the access there is another development proposed for that area along Walkers lane aswell for 17 houses adding to the traffic, the flooding seems to be ignored in both cases and as for the drains they have been a disaster for years so why does Wychavon go with these plans its because they are over nunnery way and it will fill in open green fields and not effect anyone from wychavon as Worcester city council will be expected to supply the infastructure,Whitti
ngton village will get a new village hall out of it and Pershore, Evesham, Droitwich etc will get all other benefits and not the area that will suffer the impct from all this building? Who is going to buy and where is the work and infastructure to support it all? Answer nowhere as it is just a money making scheme, Richard Boorn is right the planning is too one sided, also the last plans i saw did not include any change to the roundabout by the Oak Apple? NIGHTMARE.
As this proposal is to use Walkers lane the narrowest part of the area for some of the access there is another development proposed for that area along Walkers lane aswell for 17 houses adding to the traffic, the flooding seems to be ignored in both cases and as for the drains they have been a disaster for years so why does Wychavon go with these plans its because they are over nunnery way and it will fill in open green fields and not effect anyone from wychavon as Worcester city council will be expected to supply the infastructure,Whitti ngton village will get a new village hall out of it and Pershore, Evesham, Droitwich etc will get all other benefits and not the area that will suffer the impct from all this building? Who is going to buy and where is the work and infastructure to support it all? Answer nowhere as it is just a money making scheme, Richard Boorn is right the planning is too one sided, also the last plans i saw did not include any change to the roundabout by the Oak Apple? NIGHTMARE. green49
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