Full scale of objections over Middle Battenhall Farm revealed

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

THE full scale of the objections against 200 homes being built on a popular Worcester beauty spot can today be revealed - as campaigners pledged to protest all the way.

A total of 207 people took part in a survey calling for Middle Battenhall Farm to be protected, while 137 nearby residents signed a petition calling for the proposed development to be shelved.

Worcester City Council has now closed its own public consultation on it, revealing 68 different written objections from the public.

The full scale of the protest comes as planning officials are currently leafing through the feedback before they form a view.

As your Worcester News first revealed last year, Miller Homes wants to build a new estate on the treasured site, which is off Redhill Lane.

A spokesman for Middle Battenhall Farm Action Group, which asked people to take part in an electronic questionnaire, said: "We had 209 responses and all but two were against it.

"The two that were for the development were from Stourport and left no contact details at all.

"Everyone else said the site should be left as it is, that it is the wrong site for development and that they are concerned over traffic.

"What it shows is just how widespread the feeling is, and it wasn't just signed by local residents but people from all over."

Steve McKay, who is standing for the Conservatives in the Battenhall city council ward in May, collected 137 names on a petition.

He said: "This is an amenity for walking, cycling, taking your kids out - it's a very important landscape in an area which is otherwise very built up.

"This is not nimbyism, it's about people wanting to protect an area which is very important to them."

Both parties have now submitted their separate objections to the city council as part of the consultation.

The land is not earmarked for any properties in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which earmarks suitable sites in Worcester, Malvern and Evesham by 2030.

The proposal is now expected to come before the city council's planning committee as soon as June.

Miller Homes insists the land is suitable for development, saying it is close to vital transport links and amenities.

A spokesman said: "“The proposal benefits from being able to locate up to 200 homes close to existing facilities.

“The site is a sustainable location and avoids the need to release greenbelt land for housing around Worcester."

The company also says it wants to invest in sections of the site which will remain open green space, including interpretation boards near an ancient fish pond.

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4:53pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Endconreignforever says...

There are plenty of people in the area that are FOR the development of this land that haven't spoken out. Yes it is nimbyism in my opinion. If there are sites available for development they should put to good use within an expanding city. Not for people who need somewhere to walk their dogs and a few cyclists. Worcester is a growing city with limited housing for young families whom would like to live in these areas and can't. Available land should be in my opinion put to good use by building quality homes however not another St Peters style development (no offense intended).
There are plenty of people in the area that are FOR the development of this land that haven't spoken out. Yes it is nimbyism in my opinion. If there are sites available for development they should put to good use within an expanding city. Not for people who need somewhere to walk their dogs and a few cyclists. Worcester is a growing city with limited housing for young families whom would like to live in these areas and can't. Available land should be in my opinion put to good use by building quality homes however not another St Peters style development (no offense intended). Endconreignforever
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8:57pm Wed 9 Apr 14

tub_thumper says...

Endconreignforever wrote:
There are plenty of people in the area that are FOR the development of this land that haven't spoken out. Yes it is nimbyism in my opinion. If there are sites available for development they should put to good use within an expanding city. Not for people who need somewhere to walk their dogs and a few cyclists. Worcester is a growing city with limited housing for young families whom would like to live in these areas and can't. Available land should be in my opinion put to good use by building quality homes however not another St Peters style development (no offense intended).
Do you live by this area? Chances are; you don't.

I've never heard such a poor example of why the homes should still be built. The fact that Miller Homes has proposed plans for development is the voice of the FOR argument. Planners usually get their own way so it's about time that the AGAINST party made their feelings met.

So, you're not an outdoor type either? If you want a metropolis for people to live in then move to a big city like Birmingham or London. Worcester, on the other hand, is a rural town. The green belts around the area need to be saved. Recreation is good for us. Do you want the future generation to be fat, idiots walking around aimlessly in a 'forest' of grey, towering buildings? What about the farmers who produce for us? Are we to continue importing fruit and vegetables that we can grow perfectly well here?

The roads around this area are awful during rush hour. Pollution, noise, bad tempers = disaster. No extra school is being built to house the influx of children. I haven't got any children yet. Where will I have to take them to school?

You sir, have not seen the bigger picture. I'm not saying you're wrong in your opinion. It is the future that I'm worried about. And unfortunately, more houses will mean no city borders. The country will become one huge metropolis of sad, miserable citizens.
[quote][p][bold]Endconreignforever[/bold] wrote: There are plenty of people in the area that are FOR the development of this land that haven't spoken out. Yes it is nimbyism in my opinion. If there are sites available for development they should put to good use within an expanding city. Not for people who need somewhere to walk their dogs and a few cyclists. Worcester is a growing city with limited housing for young families whom would like to live in these areas and can't. Available land should be in my opinion put to good use by building quality homes however not another St Peters style development (no offense intended).[/p][/quote]Do you live by this area? Chances are; you don't. I've never heard such a poor example of why the homes should still be built. The fact that Miller Homes has proposed plans for development is the voice of the FOR argument. Planners usually get their own way so it's about time that the AGAINST party made their feelings met. So, you're not an outdoor type either? If you want a metropolis for people to live in then move to a big city like Birmingham or London. Worcester, on the other hand, is a rural town. The green belts around the area need to be saved. Recreation is good for us. Do you want the future generation to be fat, idiots walking around aimlessly in a 'forest' of grey, towering buildings? What about the farmers who produce for us? Are we to continue importing fruit and vegetables that we can grow perfectly well here? The roads around this area are awful during rush hour. Pollution, noise, bad tempers = disaster. No extra school is being built to house the influx of children. I haven't got any children yet. Where will I have to take them to school? You sir, have not seen the bigger picture. I'm not saying you're wrong in your opinion. It is the future that I'm worried about. And unfortunately, more houses will mean no city borders. The country will become one huge metropolis of sad, miserable citizens. tub_thumper
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9:13am Thu 10 Apr 14

green49 says...

Endconreignforever says...

There are plenty of people in the area that are FOR the development of this land that haven't spoken out. Yes it is nimbyism in my opinion. If there are sites available for development they should put to good use within an expanding city. Not for people who need somewhere to walk their dogs and a few cyclists. Worcester is a growing city with limited housing for young families whom would like to live in these areas and can't. Available land should be in my opinion put to good use by building quality homes however not another St Peters style development (no offense intended).

I live in this area and the land is NOT avaiable, i dont know anyone who is in support for this so where do YOU get your ideas from???
Qualirty homes? look at what Millers are building in Walkers lane? substandard footings and boxes whers the quality about that? you must be a rep for them and as reguards nimbys ? i dont want anymore intrusion into the area i bought my house in, i bought it because i liked the area and the outlook and to have someone want to build far too many houses etc in one area with no proper infastructure to support it is just plain stupid,
Endconreignforever if your all for over development then why cant it be built in your back yard?
Endconreignforever says... There are plenty of people in the area that are FOR the development of this land that haven't spoken out. Yes it is nimbyism in my opinion. If there are sites available for development they should put to good use within an expanding city. Not for people who need somewhere to walk their dogs and a few cyclists. Worcester is a growing city with limited housing for young families whom would like to live in these areas and can't. Available land should be in my opinion put to good use by building quality homes however not another St Peters style development (no offense intended). I live in this area and the land is NOT avaiable, i dont know anyone who is in support for this so where do YOU get your ideas from??? Qualirty homes? look at what Millers are building in Walkers lane? substandard footings and boxes whers the quality about that? you must be a rep for them and as reguards nimbys ? i dont want anymore intrusion into the area i bought my house in, i bought it because i liked the area and the outlook and to have someone want to build far too many houses etc in one area with no proper infastructure to support it is just plain stupid, Endconreignforever if your all for over development then why cant it be built in your back yard? green49
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8:00pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Endconreignforever says...

That's fine your entitled to your opinions i was just saying what I felt and what I have heard.

tub_thumper for your information I grew up in this area, went to primary school in this area and have recently moved back as my family all live in the area and now can't find a nice home for my family to live in this area.

Lived in several big cities around the world. I am afraid that your head is in the clouds if you think Worcester is a sleepy back water city in fact it is a growing green city (with a cathedral which makes it a city not a town) and not all those cities I lived in where as you described some were fantastic and vibrant with culture just like Worcester is becoming.


"The roads around this area are awful during rush hour. Pollution, noise, bad tempers = disaster. No extra school is being built to house the influx of children. I haven't got any children yet. Where will I have to take them to school? " Such pessimism!!

I agree the homes built so far are not of good quality. Of course you can build in my back yard as that is where this proposed development would be. Lucky for you, you were able to buy a house in this area. I want to be close to my family with my children and at the moment can't due to lack of housing and people like yourself who want to hinder development.

Best of luck with your plans to stop further development in this city. Worcester aims to bid for CITY of culture 2021. I am all for this...
That's fine your entitled to your opinions i was just saying what I felt and what I have heard. tub_thumper for your information I grew up in this area, went to primary school in this area and have recently moved back as my family all live in the area and now can't find a nice home for my family to live in this area. Lived in several big cities around the world. I am afraid that your head is in the clouds if you think Worcester is a sleepy back water city in fact it is a growing green city (with a cathedral which makes it a city not a town) and not all those cities I lived in where as you described some were fantastic and vibrant with culture just like Worcester is becoming. "The roads around this area are awful during rush hour. Pollution, noise, bad tempers = disaster. No extra school is being built to house the influx of children. I haven't got any children yet. Where will I have to take them to school? " Such pessimism!! I agree the homes built so far are not of good quality. Of course you can build in my back yard as that is where this proposed development would be. Lucky for you, you were able to buy a house in this area. I want to be close to my family with my children and at the moment can't due to lack of housing and people like yourself who want to hinder development. Best of luck with your plans to stop further development in this city. Worcester aims to bid for CITY of culture 2021. I am all for this... Endconreignforever
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10:42am Fri 11 Apr 14

green49 says...

No one wants to stop Worcester expanding if thats what has to happen but it needs doing in the right way and to just build an amount of houses just because they fit into a space and because the Government tells you we need more and more housing is just wrong, it needs proper planning and proper infastructure but this Conservative mob will build anywhere and thats not whats needed.
No one wants to stop Worcester expanding if thats what has to happen but it needs doing in the right way and to just build an amount of houses just because they fit into a space and because the Government tells you we need more and more housing is just wrong, it needs proper planning and proper infastructure but this Conservative mob will build anywhere and thats not whats needed. green49
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