Pedestrian and cycle bridge planned over busy Worcester road

Worcester News: An indicative image of how the bridge over Broomhall Way in Worcester might look. Applicants St Modwen say this is not representative of the final design. An indicative image of how the bridge over Broomhall Way in Worcester might look. Applicants St Modwen say this is not representative of the final design.

A PEDESTRIAN and cycle bridge could be built over one of Worcester's busiest roads.

St Modwen has applied for permission to site the crossing over the A4440 Broomhall Way, close to the Norton Road roundabout on the city's southern link road.

The developers say the bridge will form an important part of its bid to built a 255-home development on nearby land off Taylors Lane, plans for which were submitted to Worcester City Council last month.

It also wants to build an "area for employment" on the earmarked 18 acre site which is part of a wider area of land allocated in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

St Modwen says the image featured in your Worcester News is indicative and "not representative of the final design".

According to planning documents submitted to the city council, agents Planning Prospects Ltd say: "The final precise detail of the bridge is reserved for subsequent approval."

John Dodds, the Midlands' regional director at St Modwen, says the whole scheme will benefit the area.

"We aim to deliver a sustainable new environment that will be sensitive to the local area, whilst also helping to create employment opportunities," he said.

"As part of the proposals, we plan to provide separate access for the employment and residential elements of the scheme, with a landscaped area between the two.”

The homes, should permission be granted, are set to be a mix of semi-detached and detached homes with two, three, four and five-bedroom units.

The development would also include affordable housing and a new employment business area totalling about five hectares.

A decision on whether both the bridge and housing development can go ahead should be made by the middle of May.

Earlier this year your Worcester News reported on Welbeck Land’s 15-year idea for an estate on 150 acres of land straddling nearby Bath Road, Crookbarrow Way and Norton Road.

A Welbeck Land spokesperson has told this paper the St Modwen application “sits alongside and complements our planning application”.

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9:52am Thu 27 Feb 14

Guy66 says...

Don't worry an extra 255 homes with an average 2 cars per household and you will get a new footbridge!!!
Don't worry an extra 255 homes with an average 2 cars per household and you will get a new footbridge!!! Guy66

10:32am Thu 27 Feb 14

CJH says...

"Applicants St Modwen say this is not representative of the final design" Then why show it? Making it up as they go along...
"Applicants St Modwen say this is not representative of the final design" Then why show it? Making it up as they go along... CJH

10:40am Thu 27 Feb 14

Roger5 says...

They are going to site the bridge not cite it!
They are going to site the bridge not cite it! Roger5

10:52am Thu 27 Feb 14

poontangy says...

Please learn to at least use the correct words in the correct context.
Please learn to at least use the correct words in the correct context. poontangy

12:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

"They are going to site the bridge not cite it!"

Good heavens - have they actually corrected something??
"They are going to site the bridge not cite it!" Good heavens - have they actually corrected something?? I'm_not_bitter

2:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Redhillman says...

Don't worry, knowing the highways department, they'll demand that this proposed bridge is replaced by a zebra crossing to only only screw up traffic flows, but to also reduce safety for the motorist and the pedestrian. That's what has happened elsewhere in Worcester with the recent plethora of zebra crossings.
Don't worry, knowing the highways department, they'll demand that this proposed bridge is replaced by a zebra crossing to only only screw up traffic flows, but to also reduce safety for the motorist and the pedestrian. That's what has happened elsewhere in Worcester with the recent plethora of zebra crossings. Redhillman

3:05pm Thu 27 Feb 14

LastChanceSaloon says...

Better build it quick before the road gets dualled, that way someone can charge more money for widening the bridge
Better build it quick before the road gets dualled, that way someone can charge more money for widening the bridge LastChanceSaloon

7:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Small Town says...

Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards.

I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days.

The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.
Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards. I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days. The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come. Small Town

7:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Old Uncle says...

Skateboards anyone?
Skateboards anyone? Old Uncle

8:26pm Thu 27 Feb 14

CJH says...

Small Town wrote:
Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards.

I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days.

The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.
"Wow! That design is beautiful..." That may be, but the title under the picture says "Applicants St Modwen say this is not representative of the final design". Don't get too excited too soon. It'll probably end up the usual boring concrete and steel construction.
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards. I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days. The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.[/p][/quote]"Wow! That design is beautiful..." That may be, but the title under the picture says "Applicants St Modwen say this is not representative of the final design". Don't get too excited too soon. It'll probably end up the usual boring concrete and steel construction. CJH

9:55pm Thu 27 Feb 14

truth must out says...

St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???
St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere??? truth must out

10:00pm Thu 27 Feb 14

chrism says...

Small Town wrote:
Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards.

I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days.

The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.
You're so right. All the new housing will have the added advantage of giving you much more time to spend looking at the views of the Malverns whilst sitting in your car on the Southern Link road.
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards. I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days. The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.[/p][/quote]You're so right. All the new housing will have the added advantage of giving you much more time to spend looking at the views of the Malverns whilst sitting in your car on the Southern Link road. chrism

12:37am Fri 28 Feb 14

i-cycle says...

truth must out wrote:
St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???
Only to get planning permission for a totally unsuitable development site for other uses they could make lots of profit from.

As the police say. They have 'previous'.

No doubt 'political' deals were in 'play' when the site in question was expressly excluded from development in the approved local plan.

Obviously now 'kicked into touch' (perhaps the wrong 'football' metaphor) they are now about to bring forward 'alternative' proposals. It will be interesting to see what the new political regime at the national, but also local level, make of them when the prime reason for previous approval was to provide a ground for Worcester FC.

The last I heard was that St Mods (as they're called in development circles) were going to build the ground anyway and offer to lease it to Worcester FC as a way of getting approval.

I await their new application and the City Council's response with 'interest'.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???[/p][/quote]Only to get planning permission for a totally unsuitable development site for other uses they could make lots of profit from. As the police say. They have 'previous'. No doubt 'political' deals were in 'play' when the site in question was expressly excluded from development in the approved local plan. Obviously now 'kicked into touch' (perhaps the wrong 'football' metaphor) they are now about to bring forward 'alternative' proposals. It will be interesting to see what the new political regime at the national, but also local level, make of them when the prime reason for previous approval was to provide a ground for Worcester FC. The last I heard was that St Mods (as they're called in development circles) were going to build the ground anyway and offer to lease it to Worcester FC as a way of getting approval. I await their new application and the City Council's response with 'interest'. i-cycle

2:33am Sat 1 Mar 14

Guy66 says...

i-cycle wrote:
truth must out wrote:
St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???
Only to get planning permission for a totally unsuitable development site for other uses they could make lots of profit from.

As the police say. They have 'previous'.

No doubt 'political' deals were in 'play' when the site in question was expressly excluded from development in the approved local plan.

Obviously now 'kicked into touch' (perhaps the wrong 'football' metaphor) they are now about to bring forward 'alternative' proposals. It will be interesting to see what the new political regime at the national, but also local level, make of them when the prime reason for previous approval was to provide a ground for Worcester FC.

The last I heard was that St Mods (as they're called in development circles) were going to build the ground anyway and offer to lease it to Worcester FC as a way of getting approval.

I await their new application and the City Council's response with 'interest'.
Just check out the new cars in the planning department!
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???[/p][/quote]Only to get planning permission for a totally unsuitable development site for other uses they could make lots of profit from. As the police say. They have 'previous'. No doubt 'political' deals were in 'play' when the site in question was expressly excluded from development in the approved local plan. Obviously now 'kicked into touch' (perhaps the wrong 'football' metaphor) they are now about to bring forward 'alternative' proposals. It will be interesting to see what the new political regime at the national, but also local level, make of them when the prime reason for previous approval was to provide a ground for Worcester FC. The last I heard was that St Mods (as they're called in development circles) were going to build the ground anyway and offer to lease it to Worcester FC as a way of getting approval. I await their new application and the City Council's response with 'interest'.[/p][/quote]Just check out the new cars in the planning department! Guy66

1:51pm Sat 1 Mar 14

ac_wcfc says...

truth must out wrote:
St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???
hahaha, I love a good joke in these comments!
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: St Modwen.....hmmmmm, wasn't they going to build a new football ground somewhere???[/p][/quote]hahaha, I love a good joke in these comments! ac_wcfc

11:55am Mon 3 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

chrism wrote:
Small Town wrote:
Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards.

I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days.

The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.
You're so right. All the new housing will have the added advantage of giving you much more time to spend looking at the views of the Malverns whilst sitting in your car on the Southern Link road.
your so right! we'll be able to watch the new cable car wending it's way up and down the hills.
[quote][p][bold]chrism[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: Wow! That design is beautiful, what a wonderful, forward looking statement to welcome visitors into the City or travelling further afield towards the Malverns. The artists impression screams quality and dynamism, everything that this city needs to aspire towards. I've seen some luddite-rich comments opposing the development of our next generation of housing in this gateway to the city, but for me already, driving towards the river bridge along Broomhall Way the view is much improved though the removal of the scaring weed-like bushes and trees in recent days. The view of the Malverns has been opened up and no housing is to be developed with 15 meters of the widened dual lanes, ensuring this incredible view for generations to come.[/p][/quote]You're so right. All the new housing will have the added advantage of giving you much more time to spend looking at the views of the Malverns whilst sitting in your car on the Southern Link road.[/p][/quote]your so right! we'll be able to watch the new cable car wending it's way up and down the hills. liketoknow

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