Iconic views of the Malvern Hills to be lost forever

Worcester News: (3459145) 45 more homes will be built in Powick (3459145) 45 more homes will be built in Powick

ICONIC views of the Malvern Hills will be lost forever after a planning inspector overturned a council's decision to refuse 45 new homes in Powick.

Inspector Clive Hughes agreed the loss of the views from Malvern Road and the Crown pub would cause harm but felt the benefits of more housing outweighed it.

Planning policy dictates that if a council does not have an up-to-date five-year-plan for housing supply, as is the case in South Worcestershire, more weight must be given to any proposal that supplies housing.

The news comes as a blow to local people who raised £10,000 to fight the appeal, submitted by Bovis Homes after Malvern Hills District Council rejected the plan in August.

Councillor Tom Wells said: "I think we are seeing the tip of the iceberg.

"Until the South Worcestershire councils have got a housing plan, I think we will see more speculative applications.

He added: "The inspector recognised these are the first views of the Malvern Hills as you are travelling from Worcester.

"He called it an iconic view and he's dead right.

"I find it extraordinary on one hand he accepts the significant loss but he considers the need for more housing trumps that."

Coun Wells said it sent a clear message to other developers that inspectors would rule in their favour.

The permission for the homes, opposite the Crown pub, comes shortly after councillors agreed a plan for 39 extra homes in Colletts Green and

Coun Wells said the village was expanding without any necessary facilities.

He said: "We've lost our village stores, post office and butcher shop.

"The school is full and the village hall is over-subscribed."

Russell Close resident Sarah Beard said villagers were disappointed but added: "At least by taking it to the inspector heavier conditions were placed on Bovis which might not have otherwise happened at Malvern Hills District Council."

Mrs Beard described the current planning system as "vicious."

The decision came after a four-day inquiry at Callow End Village Hall.

Mr Hughes said the plan, which includes 18 affordable homes, could generate almost £800,000 per year for the local economy and would provide a public open space with a viewing platform offering a spectacular and uninterrupted view of the hills.

He also pointed out Bovis would contribute towards the construction of a sports pavilion with community room at the nearby Hamilton Close playing fields and would pay £6,000 towards bus stops, £82,653 towards education, £18,225 towards footway works and £67,042 towards Worcester Transport Strategy.

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12:07pm Thu 16 Jan 14

skychip says...

Sorry the residents have failed in their quest. A housing development near me promised to pay for improvements to village hall etc. but now have changed their minds and putting the money into another area so they can gain permission for more houses. So be warned Bovis might not do all they promise.
Sorry the residents have failed in their quest. A housing development near me promised to pay for improvements to village hall etc. but now have changed their minds and putting the money into another area so they can gain permission for more houses. So be warned Bovis might not do all they promise. skychip

1:15pm Thu 16 Jan 14

lilboo says...

How very sad, yet more erosion of a once beautiful rural County - where will it end.
How very sad, yet more erosion of a once beautiful rural County - where will it end. lilboo

2:44pm Thu 16 Jan 14

green49 says...

Would that be Whittington skychip???
Would that be Whittington skychip??? green49

2:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

green49 says...

Builders developers are riding rough shod over us all, this government is to blame relaxing the laws, becareful they will build in your backyard if they could.

ALL IN THE NAME OF PROFIT, they nothing else in mind.
Builders developers are riding rough shod over us all, this government is to blame relaxing the laws, becareful they will build in your backyard if they could. ALL IN THE NAME OF PROFIT, they nothing else in mind. green49

2:49pm Thu 16 Jan 14

robby1234 says...

skychip wrote:
Sorry the residents have failed in their quest. A housing development near me promised to pay for improvements to village hall etc. but now have changed their minds and putting the money into another area so they can gain permission for more houses. So be warned Bovis might not do all they promise.
Bovis probably won't do what they promise if my experience of them is anything to go by.
[quote][p][bold]skychip[/bold] wrote: Sorry the residents have failed in their quest. A housing development near me promised to pay for improvements to village hall etc. but now have changed their minds and putting the money into another area so they can gain permission for more houses. So be warned Bovis might not do all they promise.[/p][/quote]Bovis probably won't do what they promise if my experience of them is anything to go by. robby1234

3:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Pomygranit says...

On Countryfile on Sunday night they had a feature on housing and that those rural areas without a plan were being targeted by developers as they would almost certainly get planning permission.
Simple really no plan no hope. Some heads need seriously banging together before we become more overun. These developers do not give a **** about road congestion, flooding etc etc
On Countryfile on Sunday night they had a feature on housing and that those rural areas without a plan were being targeted by developers as they would almost certainly get planning permission. Simple really no plan no hope. Some heads need seriously banging together before we become more overun. These developers do not give a **** about road congestion, flooding etc etc Pomygranit

3:46pm Thu 16 Jan 14

skychip says...

In reply to green49 the answer is yes, although I know the developer isn't Bovis homes,
In reply to green49 the answer is yes, although I know the developer isn't Bovis homes, skychip

5:37pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Callowendman says...

The developer is Bovis, although not sure what relevance that is.

For those of us that pass this view daily it will be a sad and unnecessary loss but there is a much bigger issue here.

The abject failure of elected members and professional officers to deliver a coherent development plan for our area has resulted in a developers free for all where any proposal that is not barking mad will be approved. In the absence of an approved plan, The weight that planning inspectors will give to economic growth will always trump local issues. The woeful squabbling by councillors about why their wards couldn't possibly accommodate new houses led to a delayed and flawed plan being put forward. The pigeons are now coming home to roost. Communities like Leigh Sinton (in the Leader of MHDCs patch) instead of accepting a modest number of new homes look like they'll end up with 100+.

Also interesting is the position of our local MP who is becoming increasingly shrill about the injustice of it all, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it's her Governments policies that have directly led to the current state of affairs. I hope that when she and our elected politicians drive past these new eyesores in years to come they remember their role in their creation.

I also hope voters remember at the next election!
The developer is Bovis, although not sure what relevance that is. For those of us that pass this view daily it will be a sad and unnecessary loss but there is a much bigger issue here. The abject failure of elected members and professional officers to deliver a coherent development plan for our area has resulted in a developers free for all where any proposal that is not barking mad will be approved. In the absence of an approved plan, The weight that planning inspectors will give to economic growth will always trump local issues. The woeful squabbling by councillors about why their wards couldn't possibly accommodate new houses led to a delayed and flawed plan being put forward. The pigeons are now coming home to roost. Communities like Leigh Sinton (in the Leader of MHDCs patch) instead of accepting a modest number of new homes look like they'll end up with 100+. Also interesting is the position of our local MP who is becoming increasingly shrill about the injustice of it all, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it's her Governments policies that have directly led to the current state of affairs. I hope that when she and our elected politicians drive past these new eyesores in years to come they remember their role in their creation. I also hope voters remember at the next election! Callowendman

7:20am Fri 17 Jan 14

green49 says...

Skychip, then the parish council should go back to Wychavon and lodge a protest as it was a condition i believe, scum the builders are and Pomygranit is right aswell. its time we all stood up to the council representatives who are not doing anything about it.
Skychip, then the parish council should go back to Wychavon and lodge a protest as it was a condition i believe, scum the builders are and Pomygranit is right aswell. its time we all stood up to the council representatives who are not doing anything about it. green49

7:38am Fri 17 Jan 14

green49 says...

To be fair Skychip i didnt like the bribery as reguards Whittington village hall by the developers to get the parish council onside it just shows that the parish council put themselves before the people, i live near this new build and exactly what the residents said and objected to is exactly whats happening.
Hope the Kilbury drive does not get done, there are no addional facilities for any expansion.
To be fair Skychip i didnt like the bribery as reguards Whittington village hall by the developers to get the parish council onside it just shows that the parish council put themselves before the people, i live near this new build and exactly what the residents said and objected to is exactly whats happening. Hope the Kilbury drive does not get done, there are no addional facilities for any expansion. green49

7:41am Fri 17 Jan 14

green49 says...

Wychavon is being targeted buy developers as it does not have a 5 year plan, its more than that since i was at a council meeting and they said it was a matter of urgency to sort it out but nothing.

I do sympathise with the people who will have this new build by Bovis, but its the Government who are allowing it all and councils cannot afford a lengthy process of objections in court because of cost and Builders know that, so they play the system.
Wychavon is being targeted buy developers as it does not have a 5 year plan, its more than that since i was at a council meeting and they said it was a matter of urgency to sort it out but nothing. I do sympathise with the people who will have this new build by Bovis, but its the Government who are allowing it all and councils cannot afford a lengthy process of objections in court because of cost and Builders know that, so they play the system. green49

3:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

More Tea Vicar says...

The elephant in the room is where the 'need' for the housing is coming from.

Nothing to do with local requirements, all driven by our immigration-driven population boom.
The elephant in the room is where the 'need' for the housing is coming from. Nothing to do with local requirements, all driven by our immigration-driven population boom. More Tea Vicar

11:34am Sun 19 Jan 14

green49 says...

Pickels is to blame as he is behind the relaxsation of planning and encourageing developers to apply for anything, we have masses of places that can be refurbished, brown field sites to re use etc etc lets use that first, it doesnt make an extra foot print on the landscape.
Pickels is to blame as he is behind the relaxsation of planning and encourageing developers to apply for anything, we have masses of places that can be refurbished, brown field sites to re use etc etc lets use that first, it doesnt make an extra foot print on the landscape. green49

9:39am Mon 20 Jan 14

robby1234 says...

I would bet that the planning officer in question would not pass this if he lived in the area. Just who the hell are these peoiple who think they know better and given the power to overide local decisions by people who know better.
Who are they? Who gives them this power? Where do they live?
I would bet that the planning officer in question would not pass this if he lived in the area. Just who the hell are these peoiple who think they know better and given the power to overide local decisions by people who know better. Who are they? Who gives them this power? Where do they live? robby1234

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