4,000 new homes for south Worcestershire?

Evesham Journal: House building: more is on the way to south Worcestershire House building: more is on the way to south Worcestershire

ROOM for another 4,100 new homes is likely to be needed across south Worcestershire - on top of the 23,200 already on the way.

A revised housing blueprint has today been published revealing how the number of properties in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) could surge 17 per cent.

The news was described as "frightening" and "unbelievable" by leading community figures today, with battle lines already being drawn over where it should all go.

Under a new figure suggested by councils in Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon, following pressure from the building industry and a Government inspector, the final SWDP could have anywhere between 26,700 and 27,300 new properties.

It follows a decision by inspector Roger Clews, who said back in October the old figure was not enough during his examination.

No locations have been yet agreed on where all the extra homes will go - with Mr Clews set to hold a new two-day public examination on March 13 and 14 to see if the new figure is acceptable.

He could ask for it to increase further, or give it his backing, and a fresh consultation is then expected to kick off earmarking new sites.

Some people have suggested Worcester should take the brunt of it, but councillors in the city say the onus should fall on rural areas to take the hit instead.

Flooding expert Mary Dhonau also says she is worried about the impact it could have on the drainage systems and the wider environment.

Councillor John Smith, who represents Evesham, said: "It's frightening.

"I might be biased for my own area but Evesham has had loads and loads of houses - the south of Evesham has already been shafted.

"I understand the difficulties in Worcester but they've got to have more - Evesham can't take it."

Ms Dhonau said: "I would be very concerned about the impact on the environment, they must think about flooding.

"I go past Crookbarrow Way (in St Peter's, Worcester off the A38 Bath Road) I know that land is earmarked for new homes but there's standing water there now.

"We need an infrastructure that can cope.

"I know the Government says with new developments you must have sustainable urban drainage, but often it gets flooded from the ground water.

"I would urge the councils to make sure the ground water this leads to does not compromise that.

"Then you've got places like Kempsey, where Hatfield Brook has a flooding alleviation scheme in place.

"But if you get a new surcharge there due to new houses Kempsey might get flooded. They've got think about all these issues."

Other community leaders said they would resist more development in their own areas.

Councillor Roger Knight, a member of Worcester City Council, represents St Peter's, where 2,200 new homes are being planned at the boundary with Kempsey.

He said: "Where does this leave local democracy, where three councils draw a plan and an unelected inspector says it's not acceptable? That's the first thing that comes to mind.

"It's unbelievable. We can't take any more in Worcester, the city is going right up to its boundaries. We need a boundary review."

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin said: "As I have said in parliament, any econometric forecast of future housing need is imperfect because we can't predict tomorrow, let alone 20 years hence.

"What is crucial is that the local plan is adopted as quickly as possible by the inspector, so that local councils and communities are no longer at the mercy of speculative planning applications in unsuitable locations."

Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "It's far better to have a local plan with local control, than have a system where we get 'development on appeal'.

"I know which alternative is the best one out of those two. I'm glad the councils are going for the lower end of the range in terms of what's been suggested by the inspector.

"It's certainly concerning and will be very challenging, but not as bad as what the developers wanted."

Councillor Pam Davey, a Droitwich parish councillor and member of Worcestershire County Council, said: "I would be extremely concerned if this led to more homes in Droitwich.

"We've already granted a large number of permissions. Across Wychavon, in the plan we've made sure to allow for new homes so you don't change the nature of the place."

Councillor Judy Pearce, who chairs a joint advisory panel that leads work on the SWDP, said: “It is important we move forward with the plan and we hope the inspector will now be able to determine a housing number for south Worcestershire.

"He will need to consider carefully that final number in relation to infrastructure and the environment."

The SWDP earmarks land for housing and jobs up to 2030.

At his October hearing, Mr Clews accepted the fact the plan earmarks land for 30,000 new jobs.

In terms of a revised housing figure, he left it up to the councils to come up with a higher figure than 23,200.

Although he sat on the fence, he did mention a ballpark of 26,000 to 32,000, and ruled out pleas from the building industry that south Worcestershire needs 36,000.

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11:32am Mon 3 Feb 14

yeller says...

where do all of those people that 'need' these homes live now?
where do all of those people that 'need' these homes live now? yeller
  • Score: 24

11:41am Mon 3 Feb 14

mack18 says...

It`s in their own interest for the building industry to apply pressure and its the people who already live in the county to suffer the consequences. Where are the jobs for the occupants of these new proposals?
It`s in their own interest for the building industry to apply pressure and its the people who already live in the county to suffer the consequences. Where are the jobs for the occupants of these new proposals? mack18
  • Score: 19

12:00pm Mon 3 Feb 14

david350uk says...

Time to get out of Worcestershire I think, before its destroyed.
Time to get out of Worcestershire I think, before its destroyed. david350uk
  • Score: 13

12:02pm Mon 3 Feb 14

liketoknow says...

it won't be long before the whole county is covered in concrete
it won't be long before the whole county is covered in concrete liketoknow
  • Score: 8

12:13pm Mon 3 Feb 14

orla nutting says...

Evacuate now!! .... one way or the other!
Evacuate now!! .... one way or the other! orla nutting
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Mon 3 Feb 14

js says...

More farmland gone forever. Less land to absorb water. More floods?
More farmland gone forever. Less land to absorb water. More floods? js
  • Score: 15

1:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

TheRealFacts says...

This would be perfectly acceptable if there were plans in place to bring more industry & retail to the area.

Malvern needs less charity shops & more branded shops.
Worcester needs less bargain shops & more restaurants & bars - the city is in the dark ages compared to many others. It also needs to stop allowing colonisation of areas, like lowesmoor.. I'll need my passport to go there soon!
This would be perfectly acceptable if there were plans in place to bring more industry & retail to the area. Malvern needs less charity shops & more branded shops. Worcester needs less bargain shops & more restaurants & bars - the city is in the dark ages compared to many others. It also needs to stop allowing colonisation of areas, like lowesmoor.. I'll need my passport to go there soon! TheRealFacts
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sugarlump says...

this is absolutely awful. Government strings being pulled by the property developers under the ' we're doing it for the economy' banner.

I give up too!!
this is absolutely awful. Government strings being pulled by the property developers under the ' we're doing it for the economy' banner. I give up too!! sugarlump
  • Score: 10

1:45pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Giorgos says...

The governments of Spain and Ireland tried to revive their failing economies by boosting the construction industry; what a fine mess that got them into. The people of this country are sick and tired of the constant overdevelopment of what is a relatively small island. If we had the land mass of countries such as France or Germany then it would not be such a problem. One of the leading causes of flooding is building in unsuitable areas. It has been said so many times; who is going to live in all these houses? Where are they going to work? How are they going to get to work without using private cars? Does South Worcestershire have the infrastucture to cope with development on such a large scale? The so-called NPPF states that development should be sustainable especially with regard to public transport, and that everything should be done to minimise pollutions levels. We used to live in the countryside; they are now trying to turn the whole area into Legoland with little boxes crammed in as much as possible.
The governments of Spain and Ireland tried to revive their failing economies by boosting the construction industry; what a fine mess that got them into. The people of this country are sick and tired of the constant overdevelopment of what is a relatively small island. If we had the land mass of countries such as France or Germany then it would not be such a problem. One of the leading causes of flooding is building in unsuitable areas. It has been said so many times; who is going to live in all these houses? Where are they going to work? How are they going to get to work without using private cars? Does South Worcestershire have the infrastucture to cope with development on such a large scale? The so-called NPPF states that development should be sustainable especially with regard to public transport, and that everything should be done to minimise pollutions levels. We used to live in the countryside; they are now trying to turn the whole area into Legoland with little boxes crammed in as much as possible. Giorgos
  • Score: 14

2:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Ted Elgar says...

Watch Malvern Hills DC get their backsides slapped (again) by their total lack of strategic planning.. nothing like commanding views of Bovis homes to lift the spirits.

A load of generic houses for Brummies. Mmmm. Lego.
Watch Malvern Hills DC get their backsides slapped (again) by their total lack of strategic planning.. nothing like commanding views of Bovis homes to lift the spirits. A load of generic houses for Brummies. Mmmm. Lego. Ted Elgar
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

sugarlump says...

Giorgos wrote:
The governments of Spain and Ireland tried to revive their failing economies by boosting the construction industry; what a fine mess that got them into. The people of this country are sick and tired of the constant overdevelopment of what is a relatively small island. If we had the land mass of countries such as France or Germany then it would not be such a problem. One of the leading causes of flooding is building in unsuitable areas. It has been said so many times; who is going to live in all these houses? Where are they going to work? How are they going to get to work without using private cars? Does South Worcestershire have the infrastucture to cope with development on such a large scale? The so-called NPPF states that development should be sustainable especially with regard to public transport, and that everything should be done to minimise pollutions levels. We used to live in the countryside; they are now trying to turn the whole area into Legoland with little boxes crammed in as much as possible.
absolutely bang on!! Giorgos for prime minister I say!!

why oh why are they intent on destroying our Worcestershire?
[quote][p][bold]Giorgos[/bold] wrote: The governments of Spain and Ireland tried to revive their failing economies by boosting the construction industry; what a fine mess that got them into. The people of this country are sick and tired of the constant overdevelopment of what is a relatively small island. If we had the land mass of countries such as France or Germany then it would not be such a problem. One of the leading causes of flooding is building in unsuitable areas. It has been said so many times; who is going to live in all these houses? Where are they going to work? How are they going to get to work without using private cars? Does South Worcestershire have the infrastucture to cope with development on such a large scale? The so-called NPPF states that development should be sustainable especially with regard to public transport, and that everything should be done to minimise pollutions levels. We used to live in the countryside; they are now trying to turn the whole area into Legoland with little boxes crammed in as much as possible.[/p][/quote]absolutely bang on!! Giorgos for prime minister I say!! why oh why are they intent on destroying our Worcestershire? sugarlump
  • Score: 11

2:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Ted Elgar says...

And when did Mary Dhonau become a world-famous hydrologist?
And when did Mary Dhonau become a world-famous hydrologist? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 2

3:30pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Geoffery1966 says...

yeller wrote:
where do all of those people that 'need' these homes live now?
Poland, India, Romania, Bulgaria, etc etc blahhhhhhhhhhh
[quote][p][bold]yeller[/bold] wrote: where do all of those people that 'need' these homes live now?[/p][/quote]Poland, India, Romania, Bulgaria, etc etc blahhhhhhhhhhh Geoffery1966
  • Score: 15

4:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

WS1991 says...

TheRealFacts deary me,firstly you slate Worcester for being in the dark ages then slate the diversity of an area like Lowesmoor..... Areas like Lowesmoor are extremely common in 21st century cosmopolitan cities, and less common in cities still 'in the dark ages'. Make up your mind.
TheRealFacts deary me,firstly you slate Worcester for being in the dark ages then slate the diversity of an area like Lowesmoor..... Areas like Lowesmoor are extremely common in 21st century cosmopolitan cities, and less common in cities still 'in the dark ages'. Make up your mind. WS1991
  • Score: -7

4:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

citykid says...

As they say more houses more floods, building doesn't help this is why we have such bad floods sort this out first then revisit building houses, also they will need to update the sewer systems first. Where is all the traffic going to go. And can the schools cope
As they say more houses more floods, building doesn't help this is why we have such bad floods sort this out first then revisit building houses, also they will need to update the sewer systems first. Where is all the traffic going to go. And can the schools cope citykid
  • Score: 8

4:13pm Mon 3 Feb 14

TheRealFacts says...

WS1991 wrote:
TheRealFacts deary me,firstly you slate Worcester for being in the dark ages then slate the diversity of an area like Lowesmoor..... Areas like Lowesmoor are extremely common in 21st century cosmopolitan cities, and less common in cities still 'in the dark ages'. Make up your mind.
examples...?
[quote][p][bold]WS1991[/bold] wrote: TheRealFacts deary me,firstly you slate Worcester for being in the dark ages then slate the diversity of an area like Lowesmoor..... Areas like Lowesmoor are extremely common in 21st century cosmopolitan cities, and less common in cities still 'in the dark ages'. Make up your mind.[/p][/quote]examples...? TheRealFacts
  • Score: 2

5:12pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Roger5 says...

I have lived in Worcester since 1998, and the better schools were oversubscribed then and still are, there were few well paid professional and skilled jobs on offer, and there still aren't, but what has happened is that there are many more people crowded into the same area. The main changes I have seen: more low-paying coffee shops and italian restaurants and a few more chain retailers, and that is IT! What have local authorities done to bring in jobs and improve the road infrastructure so that there would be *real* economic development and genuine local demand for housing? I'm struggling to see what they've done to make a difference proactively, as opposed to reactively. I will find it hard to advise my children, brought up in Worcester, to stay here, with so few jobs and opportunities.
I have lived in Worcester since 1998, and the better schools were oversubscribed then and still are, there were few well paid professional and skilled jobs on offer, and there still aren't, but what has happened is that there are many more people crowded into the same area. The main changes I have seen: more low-paying coffee shops and italian restaurants and a few more chain retailers, and that is IT! What have local authorities done to bring in jobs and improve the road infrastructure so that there would be *real* economic development and genuine local demand for housing? I'm struggling to see what they've done to make a difference proactively, as opposed to reactively. I will find it hard to advise my children, brought up in Worcester, to stay here, with so few jobs and opportunities. Roger5
  • Score: 8

5:48pm Mon 3 Feb 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

It is an unfortunate (for Worcestershire) fact that people in this country prefer to own their homes and in areas that are attractive - not everyone desires to live on a brown field site!. Currently there is a country-wide shortage of housing (don't blame immigration, it is the break-up of families and normal increase in population and aspiration). We cannot always be NIMBYS, we have to accept that housing developments will always be needed - perhaps instead of protesting (more like Don Quixote) we seek to change plans (by lobbying our councils to reduce the units per hectare and put in place better infrastructure BEFORE the foundations are dug!)
It is an unfortunate (for Worcestershire) fact that people in this country prefer to own their homes and in areas that are attractive - not everyone desires to live on a brown field site!. Currently there is a country-wide shortage of housing (don't blame immigration, it is the break-up of families and normal increase in population and aspiration). We cannot always be NIMBYS, we have to accept that housing developments will always be needed - perhaps instead of protesting (more like Don Quixote) we seek to change plans (by lobbying our councils to reduce the units per hectare and put in place better infrastructure BEFORE the foundations are dug!) imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 3

6:15pm Mon 3 Feb 14

WS1991 says...

Examples?

Go to any big city in England. They all have ethnically diverse areas. If you really must have examples.... Brick Lane (London), Chinese Quarter (Birmingham), Curry Mile (Manchester), London Road (Sheffield). All extremely ethnically diverse areas and all add something different to their respective cities, non of which I think you would say are 'living in the dark ages'.
Examples? Go to any big city in England. They all have ethnically diverse areas. If you really must have examples.... Brick Lane (London), Chinese Quarter (Birmingham), Curry Mile (Manchester), London Road (Sheffield). All extremely ethnically diverse areas and all add something different to their respective cities, non of which I think you would say are 'living in the dark ages'. WS1991
  • Score: -4

7:15pm Mon 3 Feb 14

copierman says...

sugarlump wrote:
Giorgos wrote:
The governments of Spain and Ireland tried to revive their failing economies by boosting the construction industry; what a fine mess that got them into. The people of this country are sick and tired of the constant overdevelopment of what is a relatively small island. If we had the land mass of countries such as France or Germany then it would not be such a problem. One of the leading causes of flooding is building in unsuitable areas. It has been said so many times; who is going to live in all these houses? Where are they going to work? How are they going to get to work without using private cars? Does South Worcestershire have the infrastucture to cope with development on such a large scale? The so-called NPPF states that development should be sustainable especially with regard to public transport, and that everything should be done to minimise pollutions levels. We used to live in the countryside; they are now trying to turn the whole area into Legoland with little boxes crammed in as much as possible.
absolutely bang on!! Giorgos for prime minister I say!!

why oh why are they intent on destroying our Worcestershire?
The voice of a NIMBY in full flow.
The crash of 2008 caused the problems of the Countries you mentioned.
Flooding is caused by rivers not moving water away fast enough.
[quote][p][bold]sugarlump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Giorgos[/bold] wrote: The governments of Spain and Ireland tried to revive their failing economies by boosting the construction industry; what a fine mess that got them into. The people of this country are sick and tired of the constant overdevelopment of what is a relatively small island. If we had the land mass of countries such as France or Germany then it would not be such a problem. One of the leading causes of flooding is building in unsuitable areas. It has been said so many times; who is going to live in all these houses? Where are they going to work? How are they going to get to work without using private cars? Does South Worcestershire have the infrastucture to cope with development on such a large scale? The so-called NPPF states that development should be sustainable especially with regard to public transport, and that everything should be done to minimise pollutions levels. We used to live in the countryside; they are now trying to turn the whole area into Legoland with little boxes crammed in as much as possible.[/p][/quote]absolutely bang on!! Giorgos for prime minister I say!! why oh why are they intent on destroying our Worcestershire?[/p][/quote]The voice of a NIMBY in full flow. The crash of 2008 caused the problems of the Countries you mentioned. Flooding is caused by rivers not moving water away fast enough. copierman
  • Score: -17

8:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Marillion says...

I'm afraid to say it but say a big property greasy palmed "HELLo" to the project known as Greater Birmingham
I'm afraid to say it but say a big property greasy palmed "HELLo" to the project known as Greater Birmingham Marillion
  • Score: 3

9:03pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Small Town says...

My home was built in 1870... ON FARM LAND!!!!

Get a grip with all this over sensitive "environmental" concern - really, really, come on be honest. You like your small town and don't want it to change because you like it now. I bet the cows and sheep that lived where my house was built were happy too once... They moved on, you should.
My home was built in 1870... ON FARM LAND!!!! Get a grip with all this over sensitive "environmental" concern - really, really, come on be honest. You like your small town and don't want it to change because you like it now. I bet the cows and sheep that lived where my house was built were happy too once... They moved on, you should. Small Town
  • Score: -8

4:22pm Tue 4 Feb 14

itshimself says...

Where are all these people that we are told need houses going to work, school their children and get their health treated? Something needs to be done to stop unelected bureaucratic civil servants telling voted officials how to manage OUR county!
Where are all these people that we are told need houses going to work, school their children and get their health treated? Something needs to be done to stop unelected bureaucratic civil servants telling voted officials how to manage OUR county! itshimself
  • Score: 8

11:27am Wed 5 Feb 14

Giorgos says...

Copierman

This is not a case of NIMBYISM. Whilst the crash of 2008 did cause problems worldwide, basing your economic recovery on the construction industry is foolhardy. There are many large-scale building developments in Spain that are deserted; the banks are trying to sell them off at a fraction of cost. What is the point of building thousands of houses that no-one can afford? This build at all costs mentality has lead to building on flood plains. If you concrete over large tracts of land where is the surface water going to go?
As I said yesterday, the National Planning Policy Framework states that new development should be sustainable, have good public transport links and offer viable alternatives to private car use. For example if you have to rely on the 417 bus service and want to work in Worcester, the last bus leaves Crowngate at 17:05; how many working people would find that convenient? I'm sure that other rural bus services that aren't being cut are just the same.
The infrastucture in South Worcestershire is quite simply unable to cope with mass development. Have you tried to get from Malvern to Worcester during the week? Yesterday at 09:30 the traffic was queuing from Powick, and quite often the queue starts from Newland. If you work at County Hall or at the Hospital and have to travel from south of the river across the Carrington Bridge, the average journey time is about an hour each way. Why on earth are the County Council wasting £ 8 million pounds on enlarging the Ketch roundabout? They have already approved the building of 2,300 houses of the A38 towards Kempsey, 700 houses are to be built in Newland. Another 100 houses are to be built in Powick and in Upton. Realistically you are looking at a minimum of 5,000 more cars just in those four developments. Combined with Tesco's proposal to build their proposed Tesco Extra store at the Ketch car-boot site, can you imagine the increase in private car usage? How will anyone coming from the South ever get off the Carrington Bridge? When planning permission was given for the development of North Site in Malvern, one of the conditions was the building of a new primary school. Despite there being around 200 children of primary school age living there, it has been decided that no new school is required. Consequently parents are having to transport their children to their schools.
If Whitehall insist that South Worcestershire take up to 30,000 new homes and an increase in population of at least 75,000, then they must make the necessary improvements in the local infrastructure (e.g complete the Western dual carriageway link road and build a new road bridge to the north of the city: provide funding for rural bus services etc.) before starting on this folly, otherwise the whole south of the county will turn into a car park of prople trying to get to their jobs in Birmingham.
Copierman This is not a case of NIMBYISM. Whilst the crash of 2008 did cause problems worldwide, basing your economic recovery on the construction industry is foolhardy. There are many large-scale building developments in Spain that are deserted; the banks are trying to sell them off at a fraction of cost. What is the point of building thousands of houses that no-one can afford? This build at all costs mentality has lead to building on flood plains. If you concrete over large tracts of land where is the surface water going to go? As I said yesterday, the National Planning Policy Framework states that new development should be sustainable, have good public transport links and offer viable alternatives to private car use. For example if you have to rely on the 417 bus service and want to work in Worcester, the last bus leaves Crowngate at 17:05; how many working people would find that convenient? I'm sure that other rural bus services that aren't being cut are just the same. The infrastucture in South Worcestershire is quite simply unable to cope with mass development. Have you tried to get from Malvern to Worcester during the week? Yesterday at 09:30 the traffic was queuing from Powick, and quite often the queue starts from Newland. If you work at County Hall or at the Hospital and have to travel from south of the river across the Carrington Bridge, the average journey time is about an hour each way. Why on earth are the County Council wasting £ 8 million pounds on enlarging the Ketch roundabout? They have already approved the building of 2,300 houses of the A38 towards Kempsey, 700 houses are to be built in Newland. Another 100 houses are to be built in Powick and in Upton. Realistically you are looking at a minimum of 5,000 more cars just in those four developments. Combined with Tesco's proposal to build their proposed Tesco Extra store at the Ketch car-boot site, can you imagine the increase in private car usage? How will anyone coming from the South ever get off the Carrington Bridge? When planning permission was given for the development of North Site in Malvern, one of the conditions was the building of a new primary school. Despite there being around 200 children of primary school age living there, it has been decided that no new school is required. Consequently parents are having to transport their children to their schools. If Whitehall insist that South Worcestershire take up to 30,000 new homes and an increase in population of at least 75,000, then they must make the necessary improvements in the local infrastructure (e.g complete the Western dual carriageway link road and build a new road bridge to the north of the city: provide funding for rural bus services etc.) before starting on this folly, otherwise the whole south of the county will turn into a car park of prople trying to get to their jobs in Birmingham. Giorgos
  • Score: 8

1:44pm Fri 7 Feb 14

DaleWilson966 says...

This is an outrage! the council wasting ratepayers money on building new houses that will only result in the devaluation of my property!!!
This is an outrage! the council wasting ratepayers money on building new houses that will only result in the devaluation of my property!!! DaleWilson966
  • Score: -1

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