Developers say almost 2,000 jobs would be created in south Worcester under proposal

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ALMOST 2,000 jobs will be created if Worcester’s proposed new £400 million village gets the go-ahead on land south of the city, it has emerged.

Developers behind the massive 2,200 homes project say 1,600 permanent jobs will be created on the site, as well as around 290 construction roles during the 15 years it could take to complete.

The jobs bonanza for Worcester would be the biggest single boost for employment in the city for several years.

It also follows fears the scheme, for 153 acres of farmland straddling Bath Road, Crookbarrow Way and Norton Road, could result in more people commuting out of Worcester for work.

Andrew Smith, from developers Welbeck Land said: “The application is for 2,204 new homes which are likely to take circa 15 years to build.

“Taking an average completion rate at around 164 houses per year, this creates around 292 construction jobs in Worcester.

“For the permanent jobs, circa 1,600 full-time jobs would be created by the scheme.”

The bid, first revealed by your Worcester News on Tuesday, would result in 14 hectares of employment land being reserved for companies to fill.

Welbeck Land is also trying to get a primary school, supermarket, hotel, allotments, sports pitches, indoor sports facilities and an outdoor market on the site.

The company has submitted an outline planning application to district councils in Malvern, Worcester and Wychavon because the land sits in all three areas.

Nearby residents have welcomed the jobs news - but say it is vital the employment is put at the very forefront of the scheme.

Colin Prince, who lives in Whittington, said: “It’s like a chicken and egg situation, but it’s so important.

“We need to see the employment come forward before the houses are built.”

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "It is certainly a large number of jobs and would make a significant contribution to the city.

"I think we should be looking very positively at the economic impact that would have.

"But of course, the planners need to look at the whole of the scheme and scrutinise it all as part of the planning process."

Others say they are concerned because the new village, which would effectively sit at the top of Kempsey, will lead to more people heading towards the M5 for jobs.

Councillor Roger Knight, who represents St Peter’s, said: “There’s no easy solution to it, but I don’t think you build homes for local people so close to the M5 - you build them for commuters.”

In recent years Worcester has suffered from several high profile firms closing down, the most recent of which is Carnaud Metalbox, in Perry Wood Walk, which is shutting next month with the loss of 118 jobs.

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3:04pm Wed 19 Jun 13

worcesteruk says...

mmmm.. just looking at who the council have 'jumped into bed' with with London-based "Welbeck Land limited" for this project -have the council checked out the company directors - it's easy here is the link for one of them ; http://companycheck. co.uk/director/90510
3654 bit worrying that several of the "Welbeck Land Ltd's" ventures show that these companies
have been dissolved isn't it !
mmmm.. just looking at who the council have 'jumped into bed' with with London-based "Welbeck Land limited" for this project -have the council checked out the company directors - it's easy here is the link for one of them ; http://companycheck. co.uk/director/90510 3654 bit worrying that several of the "Welbeck Land Ltd's" ventures show that these companies have been dissolved isn't it ! worcesteruk
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3:40pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Officer Nordburg says...

My only concern with this development is where are these people who move into the houses going to work. Worcester and The Midlands is hardly a bustling economy. We need to create a reason for businesses to start up in the Worcestershire area and while the boost in construction jobs will be welcome when the houses don't sell due to lack of interest the development will soon be put on hold.
My only concern with this development is where are these people who move into the houses going to work. Worcester and The Midlands is hardly a bustling economy. We need to create a reason for businesses to start up in the Worcestershire area and while the boost in construction jobs will be welcome when the houses don't sell due to lack of interest the development will soon be put on hold. Officer Nordburg
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3:42pm Wed 19 Jun 13

skychip says...

The properties at Diglis haven't sold that well,so what makes developers think this project would work.
The properties at Diglis haven't sold that well,so what makes developers think this project would work. skychip
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4:40pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Jabbadad says...

With housing the argument has been whether you build houses first or commercial units. And of course it matters when the mapping is done for the perfect / world.
The previous labour Council were against people living here and commuting to Birmingham and even London to work, however while it would be preferable to have well paid jobs locally, with the commutors they travel away to work and bring back the lovely money which is then spent in the local community.
With housing the argument has been whether you build houses first or commercial units. And of course it matters when the mapping is done for the perfect / world. The previous labour Council were against people living here and commuting to Birmingham and even London to work, however while it would be preferable to have well paid jobs locally, with the commutors they travel away to work and bring back the lovely money which is then spent in the local community. Jabbadad
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6:28pm Wed 19 Jun 13

New Kid on the Block says...

worcesteruk wrote:
mmmm.. just looking at who the council have 'jumped into bed' with with London-based "Welbeck Land limited" for this project -have the council checked out the company directors - it's easy here is the link for one of them ; http://companycheck. co.uk/director/90510

3654 bit worrying that several of the "Welbeck Land Ltd's" ventures show that these companies
have been dissolved isn't it !
Sorry Worcesteruk I can't make the link work.
[quote][p][bold]worcesteruk[/bold] wrote: mmmm.. just looking at who the council have 'jumped into bed' with with London-based "Welbeck Land limited" for this project -have the council checked out the company directors - it's easy here is the link for one of them ; http://companycheck. co.uk/director/90510 3654 bit worrying that several of the "Welbeck Land Ltd's" ventures show that these companies have been dissolved isn't it ![/p][/quote]Sorry Worcesteruk I can't make the link work. New Kid on the Block
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9:11pm Wed 19 Jun 13

Jabbadad says...

And could I add that Labour held power in Worcester City and Worcestershire County for a long time during 1980's and onwards, so what did they do about jobs then???
And could I add that Labour held power in Worcester City and Worcestershire County for a long time during 1980's and onwards, so what did they do about jobs then??? Jabbadad
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9:08am Thu 20 Jun 13

More Tea Vicar says...

Sorry, but this is just very obvious spin, to justify yet more housing, which will do nothing to solve Worcester's 'housing crisis'.

I say 'housing crisis', because I believe it only exists in the minds and self interest of politicians, planners and profit crazy developers, judging by the empty units in other recently built areas.

And the promises of employment look vague, to put it mildly. Those 292 jobs...even if they happen, they amount to one reasonably sized SME - not a 'bonanza'.

As for the others, there are no guarantees whatsoever.

Just quoting one resident and saying that the development is 'welcomed by local residents' is at best misleading.
Sorry, but this is just very obvious spin, to justify yet more housing, which will do nothing to solve Worcester's 'housing crisis'. I say 'housing crisis', because I believe it only exists in the minds and self interest of politicians, planners and profit crazy developers, judging by the empty units in other recently built areas. And the promises of employment look vague, to put it mildly. Those 292 jobs...even if they happen, they amount to one reasonably sized SME - not a 'bonanza'. As for the others, there are no guarantees whatsoever. Just quoting one resident and saying that the development is 'welcomed by local residents' is at best misleading. More Tea Vicar
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10:37am Fri 21 Jun 13

Andy-Apache says...

Did anyone see the piece on Midlands Today about the thousands of empty houses in Stoke on Trent?

Every city has overstocks of perfectly good houses, yet developers are still allowed to run roughshod over greenbelt for profit under the lie that the housing is urgently required.

How many councillors are growing rich from backhanders from this?
Did anyone see the piece on Midlands Today about the thousands of empty houses in Stoke on Trent? Every city has overstocks of perfectly good houses, yet developers are still allowed to run roughshod over greenbelt for profit under the lie that the housing is urgently required. How many councillors are growing rich from backhanders from this? Andy-Apache
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1:02pm Sat 22 Jun 13

green49 says...

Build the roads to support all this first? I think its another load of rubbish being spouted like the Norton parkway etc.
Build the roads to support all this first? I think its another load of rubbish being spouted like the Norton parkway etc. green49
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8:03pm Sat 22 Jun 13

Jabbadad says...

We are really struggling with the volume of Traffic and traffic arrangements we have now so I fear any more vehicles.
We are really struggling with the volume of Traffic and traffic arrangements we have now so I fear any more vehicles. Jabbadad
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12:55am Sun 23 Jun 13

chrism says...

They appear to have missed off the words "up to". 1,600 is presumably the number of jobs which would be created if every single bit of the land earmarked for employment is filled. Of course there isn't any shortage of firms clamoring to use current employment land...
They appear to have missed off the words "up to". 1,600 is presumably the number of jobs which would be created if every single bit of the land earmarked for employment is filled. Of course there isn't any shortage of firms clamoring to use current employment land... chrism
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10:41am Sun 23 Jun 13

Jabbadad says...

Those who think there is a surplus of affordable / social housing should go and talk to those families who for no reason of theirs find themselves in Bed & Breakfast. The pressures on family life are unelievable. So yes we worked for and got where we are, but also because we weren't faced by the Global financial problems caused by the Bankers / Financiers, and ignorant I'm alright Jack, goverments.
Those who think there is a surplus of affordable / social housing should go and talk to those families who for no reason of theirs find themselves in Bed & Breakfast. The pressures on family life are unelievable. So yes we worked for and got where we are, but also because we weren't faced by the Global financial problems caused by the Bankers / Financiers, and ignorant I'm alright Jack, goverments. Jabbadad
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9:09pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Andy-Apache says...

So the thousands of empty houses in Stoke are imaginary?

The miles of empty streets of houses around west Liverpool - figment of my imagination too? (I hail from there - I KNOW they are real btw)

There are loads of empty houses already - the ones in Stoke are for sale for a quid apparently. Creating thousands of new ones does nowt but line developers pockets and reduces the amount of green space we have left.
So the thousands of empty houses in Stoke are imaginary? The miles of empty streets of houses around west Liverpool - figment of my imagination too? (I hail from there - I KNOW they are real btw) There are loads of empty houses already - the ones in Stoke are for sale for a quid apparently. Creating thousands of new ones does nowt but line developers pockets and reduces the amount of green space we have left. Andy-Apache
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