Lose our pub and become a town? Not for us, thanks

Lose our pub and become a town? Not for us, thanks

WORRIED: Fernhill Heath residents, from left - Bob Hollis, Steve Marshall, David Hope and Malcolm Sykes. Picture by Paul Jackson. 1314557202.

1314557201 Paul Jackson 26.03.14 Fernhill Heath Fernhill Heath residents, from left - Bob Hollis, David Hope, Steve Marshall and Malcolm Sykes. Developers are hoping to build houses in Fernhill Heath meaning the Junction at The White Hart will need to be

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A VILLAGE could become a small town if plans to build 200 more homes go ahead.

So say Fernhill Heath residents who are worried two separate developments will change the face of their village.

Taylor Wimpey have submitted an outline planning application to build 120 homes on land off Dilmore Lane, while David Wilson wants to build 90 homes off Kennels Lane.

Villagers say they also fear losing the popular pub,The White Hart, after it was suggested it could be demolished to make room for a roundabout.

The planning application currently submitted for land off Dilmore Lane does not require the pub to be demolished.

Instead a signalised pedestrian crossing is proposed at the busy A38/Hurst Lane junction.

However, emails between engineers and the county council's highways team within the application show the pub would have to be demolished and a roundabout created if the development grew any bigger.

Villagers say this could happen becauseTaylor Wimpey has purchase options on farmland north of Dilmore Lane and on the White Hart.

Bob Hollis, of the Fernhill Heath residents association, said: "Two of the pubs in Fernhill Heath, the Bull and the Halfway House, are up for sale.

"It could be that we go from three pubs to none."

He added: "The development is going into open countryside.

"There are no natural boundaries to stop further urban sprawl.

"It changes the nature of the village into that of a small town."

Mr Hollis said there were only two shops and a post-office in the village, no school places available and an "inadequate" bus service.

He said: "It's not a very sustainable or ecologically friendly area to build on.

"People will have to use cars.

"There's no employment in the village and they are not planning to put in any more infrastructure, doctors surgeries or pharmacy.

"It's inappropriate development."

The association wants people to object to both plans. Today is the last day the public can comment on the applications.

Taylor Wimpey wants to build 120 two-to-four bedroom homes on fields to the west of Dilmore Lane with an emergency access created via Firlands Close.

David Wilson has applied to build 88 new one-to-five bedroom houses and apartments on land at the Worcestershire Hunt Kennels. A stable building would be converted in to two further homes.

Dave Hammond, housing and planning services manager at Wychavon said: “The current applications have no requirement for The White Hart Pub to be demolished."

"The application is still available to comment on, so if villagers have any concerns they still have the opportunity to make those views known."

He advised people to do so via wychavon.gov.uk

A spokesman from Worcestershire county council said the council was considering the proposals and its investigations were ongoing.

No one from Taylor Wimpey was available for comment.

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10:36am Fri 28 Mar 14

lovelyjubbly says...

whether plans go ahead or not something needs to be done about the junction by the White Hart. Trying to get out there at certain times of the day is horrendous. Traffic is often trailing back to the Mercedes garage and cars turn in the road to get out of the queue! Lights needed asap!
whether plans go ahead or not something needs to be done about the junction by the White Hart. Trying to get out there at certain times of the day is horrendous. Traffic is often trailing back to the Mercedes garage and cars turn in the road to get out of the queue! Lights needed asap! lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 17

11:48am Fri 28 Mar 14

brooksider says...

I have sympathy with the objectors.
The two applications are too big for the current infrastructure.
Station Road and Dilmore Lane will also struggle to cope with the amount of traffic generated by 200 new homes.
Surely the farmland to the east of the A38 is a better location for development.
Are these house really required when there are going to be over 800 new homes at Salwarpe and Yew Tree Hill and 230 at Gwillam's other land at Bevere, all within 3 miles and only few minutes away.?
I have sympathy with the objectors. The two applications are too big for the current infrastructure. Station Road and Dilmore Lane will also struggle to cope with the amount of traffic generated by 200 new homes. Surely the farmland to the east of the A38 is a better location for development. Are these house really required when there are going to be over 800 new homes at Salwarpe and Yew Tree Hill and 230 at Gwillam's other land at Bevere, all within 3 miles and only few minutes away.? brooksider
  • Score: 7

2:15pm Fri 28 Mar 14

skychip says...

Someone in authority needs to really consider whether we need all these houses that are going to be built eventually. The infrastructure for a start in Worcester is not suitable for much more traffic.
Someone in authority needs to really consider whether we need all these houses that are going to be built eventually. The infrastructure for a start in Worcester is not suitable for much more traffic. skychip
  • Score: 7

2:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Letterman says...

lovelyjubbly wrote:
whether plans go ahead or not something needs to be done about the junction by the White Hart. Trying to get out there at certain times of the day is horrendous. Traffic is often trailing back to the Mercedes garage and cars turn in the road to get out of the queue! Lights needed asap!
I contacted the highways department about 5 years ago about this junction, saying that traffic lights were needed, especially during peak times. Their response was that they'll continue to monitor the junction, but that traffic lights were not considered necessary because there isn't a problem and that congestion should be expected at times when 2 very busy mains road meet at a T-junction, so it's not an unusual situation. They also said traffic lights here would cost around £500,000 and that they didn't have that sort of budget for lights at this junction because the money was being used for staff wages!
[quote][p][bold]lovelyjubbly[/bold] wrote: whether plans go ahead or not something needs to be done about the junction by the White Hart. Trying to get out there at certain times of the day is horrendous. Traffic is often trailing back to the Mercedes garage and cars turn in the road to get out of the queue! Lights needed asap![/p][/quote]I contacted the highways department about 5 years ago about this junction, saying that traffic lights were needed, especially during peak times. Their response was that they'll continue to monitor the junction, but that traffic lights were not considered necessary because there isn't a problem and that congestion should be expected at times when 2 very busy mains road meet at a T-junction, so it's not an unusual situation. They also said traffic lights here would cost around £500,000 and that they didn't have that sort of budget for lights at this junction because the money was being used for staff wages! Letterman
  • Score: 9

6:42pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Jabbadad says...

The expansion of Fernhill Heath has been in the planners eyes for years and eventually Fernhill Heath will join Worcester City. So with this in mind I agree that the road structure has been a problem for those who live there or those who are unfortunate enough to have to try to pass through the village.
Station Road is a major problem being restricted by the Railway Line on one side and housing on the other. So if the residents are also anti a new Northern Link Byepass I would imagine that a by-passs would help a great deal in the volume of traffic in the village.
As to 3 pubs for a village of this size, the very fact that some are up for sale is a sign that there is not enough trade without visiting customers, and as in other villages the locals start shouting when the pub is threatened when they haven't been supporting the local anyway.
As to there being a traffic island by the Whitehorse, what a spendid idea, since for years it's been a pain in the backside to get out, or into, or even past this busy turning. And with so many more houses planned, which sadly under the governments new house building plans, will get past even if an appeal is reached. Eric Pickles has the last word even over the government Inspectors, as is being shown in other areas.
So these houses are coming and it will be in your interest to support / be invoved in the Northern Link and any road plans.
The expansion of Fernhill Heath has been in the planners eyes for years and eventually Fernhill Heath will join Worcester City. So with this in mind I agree that the road structure has been a problem for those who live there or those who are unfortunate enough to have to try to pass through the village. Station Road is a major problem being restricted by the Railway Line on one side and housing on the other. So if the residents are also anti a new Northern Link Byepass I would imagine that a by-passs would help a great deal in the volume of traffic in the village. As to 3 pubs for a village of this size, the very fact that some are up for sale is a sign that there is not enough trade without visiting customers, and as in other villages the locals start shouting when the pub is threatened when they haven't been supporting the local anyway. As to there being a traffic island by the Whitehorse, what a spendid idea, since for years it's been a pain in the backside to get out, or into, or even past this busy turning. And with so many more houses planned, which sadly under the governments new house building plans, will get past even if an appeal is reached. Eric Pickles has the last word even over the government Inspectors, as is being shown in other areas. So these houses are coming and it will be in your interest to support / be invoved in the Northern Link and any road plans. Jabbadad
  • Score: -2

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