Plans for greenfield development submitted

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A PUB, restaurant and takeaway plus car showroom and employment units could be built on one of Worcester's prime greenfield sites - ending months of mystery.

St Modwen has submitted plans to develop land off Nunnery Way which until last year was earmarked as a possible new home for Worcester City Football Club.

Under the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), the county’s housing blueprint, the land is earmarked for a football ground with “enabling development”, some of which could be retail based.

But the fresh bid to develop it could prove controversial, as the council only originally released the land based on the possible benefits to Worcester City.

The ten hectare site, currently an agricultural field, has been the centre of a long-running development bid by St Modwen which has previously said up to 700 new jobs could be created by it.

Planning permission was granted in 2012 for the development of the site including a new stadium for Worcester City along with a range of other commercial uses.

But last December the club was officially released from its contract with St Modwen following talks to scrap the deal.

In plans submitted to the city council on Wednesday, St Modwen says the Nunnery Way site is conveniently located next to the M5 motorway.

The planned pub and restaurant are described as being "a destination in themselves" but will also serve those working on the site.

This comes as the applicants voice concern that a common problem with similar developments is that they don't include catering facilities.

"This is unsustainable and unappealing from the perspective of tenants and visitors," said the statement.

"The Nunnery Way proposal is designed to avoid this shortcoming. These facilities will be appealing to prospective tenants, mindful of the need to draw staff to an attractive working environment, and hence help with marketing the place and its ability to succeed as an employment location.

"The pub and restaurant uses will complement the employment activities and serve those working on the site, as well as passing trade."

One of the local members, Cllr Lucy Hodgson, said the planning documents make "interesting reading".

"There were concerns raised before and they will have to be taken into account," she said.

"There were issues over parking and access points.

"I think there may be residents in the area who feel concerned."

Warndon Parish Council plans to debate the issue at its next meeting on Monday (7th).

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12:43pm Mon 7 Apr 14

CityBlueBoy says...

They helped the old board of directors try to kill our city's football club, its now time for the council to stand up and say no to this deal.

Plus are the club free of them yet ?
They helped the old board of directors try to kill our city's football club, its now time for the council to stand up and say no to this deal. Plus are the club free of them yet ? CityBlueBoy
  • Score: 9

1:13pm Mon 7 Apr 14

worcesterred says...

Sounds like a last ditch attempt to get their money back. Does the area need another pub? There's already 5 close by.
Sounds like a last ditch attempt to get their money back. Does the area need another pub? There's already 5 close by. worcesterred
  • Score: 9

4:06pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bushi says...

worcesterred wrote:
Sounds like a last ditch attempt to get their money back. Does the area need another pub? There's already 5 close by.
Where are the 5 pubs nearby?
[quote][p][bold]worcesterred[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a last ditch attempt to get their money back. Does the area need another pub? There's already 5 close by.[/p][/quote]Where are the 5 pubs nearby? Bushi
  • Score: 0

5:17pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Handcart says...

Not sure that pub will have much atmosphere, and 'prime greenfield'? Really - a sliver of land by the M5? Rather this than anywhere on the other side of the motorway or any other sites around town. People in Swinesherd probably won't notice and it's no-one else's backyard.
Not sure that pub will have much atmosphere, and 'prime greenfield'? Really - a sliver of land by the M5? Rather this than anywhere on the other side of the motorway or any other sites around town. People in Swinesherd probably won't notice and it's no-one else's backyard. Handcart
  • Score: -2

5:45pm Mon 7 Apr 14

skychip says...

Development around the eastern orbital is going to be unbelievable and choking for the area.
Development around the eastern orbital is going to be unbelievable and choking for the area. skychip
  • Score: 3

9:42am Tue 8 Apr 14

green49 says...

One of the local members, Cllr Lucy Hodgson, said the planning documents make "interesting reading".

"I think there may be residents in the area who feel concerned."

YOU can bet your life there will be objections, St Modwen will go for this as they always do, They have a dead piece of land which whatever did happen with the football club has now left them with this, when Nunnery Way was put in i was at the Public inquiry that was held at Whittington village hall the all the councils said and its minited that they would not did not want to see or encourage any infil development up to the M5, yet we now have anothet application as this one and a further one by a company called Pegasus Group who want to develop up to this St Modwen site from the Whittington end. INFASTRUCTURE first to support any of this,
PICKLES will pass it all if it gets that far but and he doesnt care whats built.
One of the local members, Cllr Lucy Hodgson, said the planning documents make "interesting reading". "I think there may be residents in the area who feel concerned." YOU can bet your life there will be objections, St Modwen will go for this as they always do, They have a dead piece of land which whatever did happen with the football club has now left them with this, when Nunnery Way was put in i was at the Public inquiry that was held at Whittington village hall the all the councils said and its minited that they would not did not want to see or encourage any infil development up to the M5, yet we now have anothet application as this one and a further one by a company called Pegasus Group who want to develop up to this St Modwen site from the Whittington end. INFASTRUCTURE first to support any of this, PICKLES will pass it all if it gets that far but and he doesnt care whats built. green49
  • Score: 2

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