Accepting 200 homes here would be moronic, says politician

Worcester News: Middle Battenhall Farm, in Worcester Middle Battenhall Farm, in Worcester

A SENIOR Worcester politician has hit out at developers, saying it is vital a green plot of land in Battenhall is protected.

Councillor Richard Boorn says the current problems at the top of Worcester’s London Road will only get worse if 200 homes get built at Middle Battenhall Farm.

As your Worcester News reported two weeks ago, developers Miller Homes has submitted a planning application for the site.

The land is not earmarked for development by Worcester City Council in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

Coun Boorn says it would directly affect his council ward of Nunnery.

“My real problem with this is the extra traffic it would bring to Worcester,” he said.

“I know the developer is proposing to have a traffic light controlled junction adjacent to New College, but all that will do is worsen the problems at the top of London Road.

“It’s moronic if this gets approved, it would be a disaster.

“It does beg the question of what’s the point of the SWDP when applications like this go in – the whole point of having that blueprint is so we have an element of control over new development in the city.

“From a Nunnery point of view it’s like banging your head against a brickwall.”

But Miller Homes says the fields, which are close to the M5 and off Redhill Lane, are ideal for development.

The company says the site is a “sustainable” one and has spent a year consulting with nearby residents.

It plans to create an interpretation board to alert people to the mediaeval fishponds on the land, and draw up a management plan for the green land just behind the new proposed houses.

A spokesman said: “This would be development on land that provides a sustainable urban extension.”

The SWDP, which earmarks land for 23,200 homes across Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon, is currently being revised upwards. Government inspector Roger Clews says the current tally is not high enough.

The application is expected to go before the city council’s planning committee by May.

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7:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

3thinker says...

If you don't want development here thank the Government's new National Planning Framework.

At least some of the local MPs have started to wake up to the mess Eric Pickles and his chums have deliberately created to make it easier for developers to develop where they and not the democratically elected local councils consider appropriate.
If you don't want development here thank the Government's new National Planning Framework. At least some of the local MPs have started to wake up to the mess Eric Pickles and his chums have deliberately created to make it easier for developers to develop where they and not the democratically elected local councils consider appropriate. 3thinker

9:01pm Fri 17 Jan 14

skychip says...

It seems to me that the developers are calling the tune in the City because the Council cannot afford any legal costs if they refuse an application.
It seems to me that the developers are calling the tune in the City because the Council cannot afford any legal costs if they refuse an application. skychip

12:10am Sat 18 Jan 14

F1 Dave says...

I Remember when the current government said vote for us we will stop the massive house build projects that the last lot were going to build. We will introduce Localism (Local people will decide on their area)
Well that got the votes to put them in number 10.
Bring in Eric Pickles and build more homes, the house builders have never had it so good. Well done Pickles you will go down in history as the man that did more damage to the green land of this country than any other person. Backed up by your Government.
Sorry Councillor Richard Boorn you are just getting the same as other areas of Worcestershire, more homes. I didn't hear you helping them out, Nimby.
I Remember when the current government said vote for us we will stop the massive house build projects that the last lot were going to build. We will introduce Localism (Local people will decide on their area) Well that got the votes to put them in number 10. Bring in Eric Pickles and build more homes, the house builders have never had it so good. Well done Pickles you will go down in history as the man that did more damage to the green land of this country than any other person. Backed up by your Government. Sorry Councillor Richard Boorn you are just getting the same as other areas of Worcestershire, more homes. I didn't hear you helping them out, Nimby. F1 Dave

7:57am Sat 18 Jan 14

green49 says...

Pickels is the problem lets build in his backyard if theres space? good advert for the NHS as he is.
Pickels is the problem lets build in his backyard if theres space? good advert for the NHS as he is. green49

11:08am Sat 18 Jan 14

Casmal says...

3thinker wrote:
If you don't want development here thank the Government's new National Planning Framework.

At least some of the local MPs have started to wake up to the mess Eric Pickles and his chums have deliberately created to make it easier for developers to develop where they and not the democratically elected local councils consider appropriate.
No, the local MPs have just woken up to the fact that the Govt's policies are unpopular and there is an election looming....
[quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: If you don't want development here thank the Government's new National Planning Framework. At least some of the local MPs have started to wake up to the mess Eric Pickles and his chums have deliberately created to make it easier for developers to develop where they and not the democratically elected local councils consider appropriate.[/p][/quote]No, the local MPs have just woken up to the fact that the Govt's policies are unpopular and there is an election looming.... Casmal

4:39pm Sat 18 Jan 14

3thinker says...

Casmal wrote:
3thinker wrote:
If you don't want development here thank the Government's new National Planning Framework.

At least some of the local MPs have started to wake up to the mess Eric Pickles and his chums have deliberately created to make it easier for developers to develop where they and not the democratically elected local councils consider appropriate.
No, the local MPs have just woken up to the fact that the Govt's policies are unpopular and there is an election looming....
Exactly, but its a "Pickle' of their own party's making

Ironic really when the Government promotes its 'new' National Planning Framework as encouraging 'Localism' and as a way of increasing local communities ability to influence what happens in their own backyards.

Its taken a while, but even or local Tory MPs have suddenly woken up to the inherent inconsistency in the planning system being more sensitive to local needs, when they have deliberately made it easier for their development chums to build where they rather than local residents and their elected respresenatives think is suitable.

Eric Pickles led the change because he thought the existing system was too "stalinist'. By stacking the replacement in favour of the developers he has undermined local democracy and communities to have a real say over what they see as appropriate.
[quote][p][bold]Casmal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: If you don't want development here thank the Government's new National Planning Framework. At least some of the local MPs have started to wake up to the mess Eric Pickles and his chums have deliberately created to make it easier for developers to develop where they and not the democratically elected local councils consider appropriate.[/p][/quote]No, the local MPs have just woken up to the fact that the Govt's policies are unpopular and there is an election looming....[/p][/quote]Exactly, but its a "Pickle' of their own party's making Ironic really when the Government promotes its 'new' National Planning Framework as encouraging 'Localism' and as a way of increasing local communities ability to influence what happens in their own backyards. Its taken a while, but even or local Tory MPs have suddenly woken up to the inherent inconsistency in the planning system being more sensitive to local needs, when they have deliberately made it easier for their development chums to build where they rather than local residents and their elected respresenatives think is suitable. Eric Pickles led the change because he thought the existing system was too "stalinist'. By stacking the replacement in favour of the developers he has undermined local democracy and communities to have a real say over what they see as appropriate. 3thinker

7:53pm Sat 18 Jan 14

PrivateSi says...

If you thought The Tories version of LOCALISM was going to include locals getting more of a say you were wrong.. I know I didn't believe them... Why oh why must we have these multi-hundred home estates built in one go in one place...

Spread the contracts around and give a few smaller companies a go with more interesting, customised eco-friendly designs if it's GREENFIELD.. If Brownfield, get in the big boys by all means....
If you thought The Tories version of LOCALISM was going to include locals getting more of a say you were wrong.. I know I didn't believe them... Why oh why must we have these multi-hundred home estates built in one go in one place... Spread the contracts around and give a few smaller companies a go with more interesting, customised eco-friendly designs if it's GREENFIELD.. If Brownfield, get in the big boys by all means.... PrivateSi

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