Housing plan opposed amid fears

First published in News

PLANS to build 200 homes on a popular Worcester beauty spot have been unanimously opposed by St Peter's Parish Council.

The council has joined the fight against the bid from Miller Homes for housing on the green fields at Middle Battenhall Farm in the hope it will be thrown out by Worcester City Council planners.

Cllr Mike Johnson, the parish council's vice chairman, said: "It has already been to planning and it has already been rejected once. Have they answered all the queries from the planning inspector? You have to assume they have."

County councillor Marc Bayliss believes the proposals are the "thin end of the wedge" and has concerns any development of the site could lead to more homes built and eventually see it join up with the ward of St Peter's.

"I don't think the infrastructure is sufficient to cater for that and it certainly won't be to cater for hundreds more.

A government planning inspector has ruled that the number of properties in the South Worcestershire Development Plan must be increased by 22 per cent before it can be accepted - taking the total to more than 28,000 homes.

The Middle Battenhall Farm site is not covered by the plan and if the city council refuses the application, the developer could take it to appeal.

An inspector would then be tasked with either throwing it out or overturning the decision on the grounds south Worcestershire needs more development.

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10:20am Sat 5 Apr 14

stevoe says...

Well done St Peters PC.

Now we need to make sure it doesn't go into the revised SWDP.
Well done St Peters PC. Now we need to make sure it doesn't go into the revised SWDP. stevoe
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11:37am Sat 5 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

You need to hope it doesn't go to Eric Pickles who has, and is using, the power to overide even the Inspectors by saying the government are urging / supporting the building industry to address the huge shortage of houses required, keep pace with demand and address a feared Housing Bubble again.
You need to hope it doesn't go to Eric Pickles who has, and is using, the power to overide even the Inspectors by saying the government are urging / supporting the building industry to address the huge shortage of houses required, keep pace with demand and address a feared Housing Bubble again. Jabbadad
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12:43pm Sat 5 Apr 14

skychip says...

Trouble is the developers have more money than the Council to fight appeals. Certainly don't trust Eric Pickles, he seems to let everything go through but of course he doesn't have to live by all these developments.
Trouble is the developers have more money than the Council to fight appeals. Certainly don't trust Eric Pickles, he seems to let everything go through but of course he doesn't have to live by all these developments. skychip
  • Score: 3

8:39am Tue 8 Apr 14

green49 says...

Developers will go to appeal as they know Councils do not have the resources to fight them, there is not only this site but Kilbury drive, the current Walkers lane debacle and then the new one just round the corner thats proposed from whittington to Spetchley road, where is the infastructure to support all this?/? NOWHERE and until this is sorted out ALL applications should be thrown out.
Developers will go to appeal as they know Councils do not have the resources to fight them, there is not only this site but Kilbury drive, the current Walkers lane debacle and then the new one just round the corner thats proposed from whittington to Spetchley road, where is the infastructure to support all this?/? NOWHERE and until this is sorted out ALL applications should be thrown out. green49
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