Plans target Broadlands Drive, Lower Howsell Road and Mayfield Road

Worcester News: Residents discuss the Broadlands Drive proposal Residents discuss the Broadlands Drive proposal

PLANS to build more than 200 new houses around the edge of Malvern have just been unveiled.

Plans to build 110 homes on former allotments off Lower Howsell Road, owned by the Madresfield Estate, were introduced to the public at an exhibition at Malvern Cricket Club last Friday.

Four days later, a scheme for 41 new houses on a field off Broadlands Drive was unveiled at another exhibition, this time at Northleigh School.

And Worcestershire County Council has just applied for planning permission to build up to 59 new homes on land bordering Mayfield Road and Townsend Way.

Since the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP), which provides a blueprint for development in the area until 2030, has not yet been completed, and Malvern Hills District Council cannot demonstrate a five-year land supply, national guidelines say housing developments deemed “sustainable” should be approved.

Cllr Julian Roskams of Malvern Hills’ independent group said: “Developers are submitting plans like these as a direct result of the council not having a local plan and a five-year housing list, as we’ve been warning for several years.”

Tuesday night’s exhibition was held by planning consultants Frampton on behalf of BDM Developments, and attracted about 100 residents.

Traffic in already-congested residential roads was one of the main worries, along with the impact on infrastructure including drainage and sewers. David Baker of Broadlands Drive said: “I’m astounded by the number of houses they’re planning. I CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 thought it would be five or so, but this is just too many.

“The roads are congested enough already, and my concern is that emergency vehicles won’t be able to get up there.”

Stephen McCarthy, also of Broadlands Drive, said: “They’ve just built 750 houses on North Site, so why do they need more?

“Also there’s wildlife in that field, including bats. People walking their dogs there in the evenings see them flying around.”

Andrew Massey of Cowleigh Bank said: “It’s going to cause havoc on the roads. There will be two cars per house minimum and the roads are already seriously congested.”

Paula Tompkins of Broadlands Drive said: “I just think this plan is awful. I don’t have reservations about it, I just completely object. This field is green space and should remain that way.”

And Alan Brewer of Cowleigh Bank said: “There should not be piecemeal development like this, because the proper infrastructure is never provided. If we must have housing developments, big developments like Warndon Villages, where roads, sewage, schools and so on are all part of it, are better.”

Louise Steele of Frampton said: “BDM is committed to engaging with the local community . We are keen to work with the local community to progress a high quality scheme which will positively contribute to the area and increase the local housing choice.”

But one resident who did not wish to be named called the exhibition a “tick-the box” exercise, which provided only “superficial information, and now indication of viable solutions to the key issues of water drainage, sewage and access”.

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6:10pm Fri 4 Jul 14

green49 says...

Too many and unneccessary, developers are only init for the money, whaeres the additionsl infastructure????? it always the same answer the area can cope, no it cant, get some balls councils and say no till more services are put in place or make the builders pay for some.
Too many and unneccessary, developers are only init for the money, whaeres the additionsl infastructure????? it always the same answer the area can cope, no it cant, get some balls councils and say no till more services are put in place or make the builders pay for some. green49
  • Score: 10

6:12pm Fri 4 Jul 14

brooksider says...

With around £4 million pounds of local taxpayers money going into creating jobs in Malvern, the least the Malvern nimbys should accept is extra housing needs to be provided.
With around £4 million pounds of local taxpayers money going into creating jobs in Malvern, the least the Malvern nimbys should accept is extra housing needs to be provided. brooksider
  • Score: -5

6:48pm Fri 4 Jul 14

b1ackb1rd says...

Who's going to buy these houses?
They won't be 'affordable' as the Buy to Rent mob will swoop them up.
And nobody else will get a mortgage ...
Who's going to buy these houses? They won't be 'affordable' as the Buy to Rent mob will swoop them up. And nobody else will get a mortgage ... b1ackb1rd
  • Score: 7

7:36pm Fri 4 Jul 14

skychip says...

Houses are fine when there is the correct infrastructure in place and Malvern was never designed for thousands of houses.
Houses are fine when there is the correct infrastructure in place and Malvern was never designed for thousands of houses. skychip
  • Score: 7

9:40pm Fri 4 Jul 14

BadgerMash says...

The only housing we need in Malvern at present is truly affordable, only ever for rent, for local people. We are already overcrowded with sprawling private estates and huge private warehouses for the elderly from outside the area (where are all the poorly paid staff who look after them going to live?) Our area is being run for the benefit of speculators and money-lenders.
The only housing we need in Malvern at present is truly affordable, only ever for rent, for local people. We are already overcrowded with sprawling private estates and huge private warehouses for the elderly from outside the area (where are all the poorly paid staff who look after them going to live?) Our area is being run for the benefit of speculators and money-lenders. BadgerMash
  • Score: 13

5:24am Sat 5 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

What about the infrastructure for children instead of streets to 'kick cans down'. Its unsustainable (unless they want more vandalism and less resilient children) to only factor in such things as sewerage and roads. Why can't the developer, who's getting an economic benefit from the land and houses, be required to provide an area (say a plot size) that can have a swing, a circular bike path for primary kids to ride around, and say a couple of basketball rings. Developers are getting all the benefits, and the social costs are borne by the residence. First world countries who care about their children provide these minimums. Unfortunately as Maggie Thatcher said "There's no such thing as society, only the individual" in the UK. When will the planners realise this mean-spiritedness is detrimental to the next generation. The UK has third world recreational facilities in a rich country. There must a way to provide inter-generational equity in the UK.
What about the infrastructure for children instead of streets to 'kick cans down'. Its unsustainable (unless they want more vandalism and less resilient children) to only factor in such things as sewerage and roads. Why can't the developer, who's getting an economic benefit from the land and houses, be required to provide an area (say a plot size) that can have a swing, a circular bike path for primary kids to ride around, and say a couple of basketball rings. Developers are getting all the benefits, and the social costs are borne by the residence. First world countries who care about their children provide these minimums. Unfortunately as Maggie Thatcher said "There's no such thing as society, only the individual" in the UK. When will the planners realise this mean-spiritedness is detrimental to the next generation. The UK has third world recreational facilities in a rich country. There must a way to provide inter-generational equity in the UK. Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 4

5:27am Sat 5 Jul 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Sorry "residents".
Sorry "residents". Rita Jelfs
  • Score: 0

8:52am Sat 5 Jul 14

BadgerMash says...

Well said Rita. Also, given that an allotment site has been removed to make way for this money making scheme, and that even most expensive properties on their estates have the tiniest gardens (compare and contrast with the size of gardens of post-war council houses in Worcestershire), a much larger piece of land should be donated by the speculators for allotment use and facilities (water, fencing, car parking) installed at their expense. Of course none of this addresses the overpopulation and local housing requirement issues, but as speculators and local authorities always ignore what local people actually want we have to make the best of what will be inflicted on us.
Well said Rita. Also, given that an allotment site has been removed to make way for this money making scheme, and that even most expensive properties on their estates have the tiniest gardens (compare and contrast with the size of gardens of post-war council houses in Worcestershire), a much larger piece of land should be donated by the speculators for allotment use and facilities (water, fencing, car parking) installed at their expense. Of course none of this addresses the overpopulation and local housing requirement issues, but as speculators and local authorities always ignore what local people actually want we have to make the best of what will be inflicted on us. BadgerMash
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Stop Wasting Our Tax says...

Funny how the money for all this land changes hands and the first the general public know about it is when building plans are all set for approval. The traffic in Malvern is awful and there are not enough shops due to over-inflated business rates. We do not want to work with these developers, however, they are talking as though approval has already gone through, maybe because they know that the the council have scant disregard for the opinions of the public. The council will destroy this town within a generation because of their ineptitude.
Funny how the money for all this land changes hands and the first the general public know about it is when building plans are all set for approval. The traffic in Malvern is awful and there are not enough shops due to over-inflated business rates. We do not want to work with these developers, however, they are talking as though approval has already gone through, maybe because they know that the the council have scant disregard for the opinions of the public. The council will destroy this town within a generation because of their ineptitude. Stop Wasting Our Tax
  • Score: -1

10:16pm Mon 7 Jul 14

ifyoudontlikesomething,changeit says...

Rita Jelfs wrote:
What about the infrastructure for children instead of streets to 'kick cans down'. Its unsustainable (unless they want more vandalism and less resilient children) to only factor in such things as sewerage and roads. Why can't the developer, who's getting an economic benefit from the land and houses, be required to provide an area (say a plot size) that can have a swing, a circular bike path for primary kids to ride around, and say a couple of basketball rings. Developers are getting all the benefits, and the social costs are borne by the residence. First world countries who care about their children provide these minimums. Unfortunately as Maggie Thatcher said "There's no such thing as society, only the individual" in the UK. When will the planners realise this mean-spiritedness is detrimental to the next generation. The UK has third world recreational facilities in a rich country. There must a way to provide inter-generational equity in the UK.
I think you'll find that developers are required to provide facilities as you describe for children either directly on the site or to the wider neighbourhood under section 106 agreements and this is one of the many factors considered by the planning officers when planning permission is determined and conditions attached.
[quote][p][bold]Rita Jelfs[/bold] wrote: What about the infrastructure for children instead of streets to 'kick cans down'. Its unsustainable (unless they want more vandalism and less resilient children) to only factor in such things as sewerage and roads. Why can't the developer, who's getting an economic benefit from the land and houses, be required to provide an area (say a plot size) that can have a swing, a circular bike path for primary kids to ride around, and say a couple of basketball rings. Developers are getting all the benefits, and the social costs are borne by the residence. First world countries who care about their children provide these minimums. Unfortunately as Maggie Thatcher said "There's no such thing as society, only the individual" in the UK. When will the planners realise this mean-spiritedness is detrimental to the next generation. The UK has third world recreational facilities in a rich country. There must a way to provide inter-generational equity in the UK.[/p][/quote]I think you'll find that developers are required to provide facilities as you describe for children either directly on the site or to the wider neighbourhood under section 106 agreements and this is one of the many factors considered by the planning officers when planning permission is determined and conditions attached. ifyoudontlikesomething,changeit
  • Score: 2

11:22pm Mon 7 Jul 14

VantagePoint says...

Has the council put aside any money to help people whose homes will be blighted by this new estate? I've often stayed with family who live in homes which overlook this land and it is a haven for wildlife, foxes and bats. If you turn left out of this development then there is just a potholed track down to the main toad. If this bit of private road remains as it is then all cars from the new estate (and many families have two) will turn right and back through Broadlands Drive with the added risk of traffic to children and pets. It seems to be a fait accompli but I hope that planners will consider that it is extending Malvern outside the current town area and refuse it.
Has the council put aside any money to help people whose homes will be blighted by this new estate? I've often stayed with family who live in homes which overlook this land and it is a haven for wildlife, foxes and bats. If you turn left out of this development then there is just a potholed track down to the main toad. If this bit of private road remains as it is then all cars from the new estate (and many families have two) will turn right and back through Broadlands Drive with the added risk of traffic to children and pets. It seems to be a fait accompli but I hope that planners will consider that it is extending Malvern outside the current town area and refuse it. VantagePoint
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Illogik says...

Build more houses, more people come to the area and the housing problem hasn't been fixed. Anyone here feel the benefits of the huge population growth the country has seen ? Cheap labour, more houses to sell more people to tax, see where I'm going ? I would rather be slighty poorer but have access to the beautiful countryside. I can't afford a car and soon I'll be living in urban sprawl, thank you for this legacy you non-NIMBY's.
Build more houses, more people come to the area and the housing problem hasn't been fixed. Anyone here feel the benefits of the huge population growth the country has seen ? Cheap labour, more houses to sell more people to tax, see where I'm going ? I would rather be slighty poorer but have access to the beautiful countryside. I can't afford a car and soon I'll be living in urban sprawl, thank you for this legacy you non-NIMBY's. Illogik
  • Score: -1

9:25am Thu 10 Jul 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Nimbys!!!!!!!!! People have to live somewhere and Malvern is not exactly short of open access land for public recreational use; in fact we are completely spoilt in that respect. Try living in Wolverhampton all you objectors. Before Broadlands Drive, Lower Howsell Road and Mayfield Roads were built-up the land there too was open fields.
Nimbys!!!!!!!!! People have to live somewhere and Malvern is not exactly short of open access land for public recreational use; in fact we are completely spoilt in that respect. Try living in Wolverhampton all you objectors. Before Broadlands Drive, Lower Howsell Road and Mayfield Roads were built-up the land there too was open fields. Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 10
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