Pershore to get more homes

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THE urban extension of Pershore is set to continue after more than 100 new homes planned for the town got the green light from planners.

Two new estates to the north of the town will be built following the thumbs up to the proposals, which were submitted by Welbeck Strategic Land and Crown House Developments.

Wychavon District Council's planning committee considered both applications at a meeting on Thursday (July 17), unanimously approving both.

One of the estates, with 64 homes, will be built on the land between Wyre Road and Station Road.

Speaking in support of the plans was Ian Miles, on behalf of Crown House Developments, who said it would include a land mark apartment block, shown on initial plans to be at the junction between the main roads.

Councillors responded saying they were in favour of the plans but would not like to see the apartment block built, especially on the spot is was currently sited, when the next stage was brought to the planning committee.

Cllr Charles Tucker said: "This application is on of the ones which is within the South Worcestershire Development Plan proposals and therefore I think it's supported in principal.

"I still feel there's a lack of infrastructure on surface drainage and the water course.

"My principal concern over this development is the landmark building. I think everybody would recognise that the whole of this area is an open area and putting a high rise on that site would be quite inappropriate."

Cllr David Brotheridge proposed approval of the outline application, adding: "This land mark building, it has no place in this location. It's far too dominant, it's over powering and it's a bit of a blot on the landscape.

"It may be suitable in Solihull, but not in Pershore. Everybody is opposed to it, it's got universal objection."

He added it was important to ensure traffic infrastructure was built in time for the new homes and not afterwards as that would result in traffic problems in Pershore.

And Cllr Val Wood agreed with her colleagues referring to the apartment block as "faulty towers".

The second estate for 50 homes was nodded through with no objections.

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12:34am Fri 18 Jul 14

3thinker says...

Given the Government's changes to Planning Policy and the high legal costs on the Council Tax payer (thorough the Council) to oppose any proposals until the new South Worcestershire Development Plan is agreed I assume its almost impossible for Wychavon to resist and perhaps when it relives pressure on more 'politically' sensitive sites.

These are policies introduced by the Government under a so called "localism' agenda (!?) and particularly by Eric Pickles as he thought the previous system was 'Stalinistic'.

As local residents faced with lots of similar development proposals I'm sure you'll have your own views in forthcoming elections as to whether the Government's policies support 'Localism' or simply give developer freedom to develop where they fell fit and they can make the most profit.

Just to make it clear that this is not a party political 'rant' on my part or I don't have detailed understanding of what's happening I'm a fully qualified, retired, town planner and previous Conservative voter.

Perhaps a pity that Cameron didn't see fit to get rid of Pickles along with Gove in the latest 'reshuffle'?
Given the Government's changes to Planning Policy and the high legal costs on the Council Tax payer (thorough the Council) to oppose any proposals until the new South Worcestershire Development Plan is agreed I assume its almost impossible for Wychavon to resist and perhaps when it relives pressure on more 'politically' sensitive sites. These are policies introduced by the Government under a so called "localism' agenda (!?) and particularly by Eric Pickles as he thought the previous system was 'Stalinistic'. As local residents faced with lots of similar development proposals I'm sure you'll have your own views in forthcoming elections as to whether the Government's policies support 'Localism' or simply give developer freedom to develop where they fell fit and they can make the most profit. Just to make it clear that this is not a party political 'rant' on my part or I don't have detailed understanding of what's happening I'm a fully qualified, retired, town planner and previous Conservative voter. Perhaps a pity that Cameron didn't see fit to get rid of Pickles along with Gove in the latest 'reshuffle'? 3thinker
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10:11am Fri 18 Jul 14

Hwicce says...

Everyone wants cheaper housing but always complain when more houses are built, which logically will lower the overall prices due to supply and demand.

Some people need to wake up and realise that what they are asking for is stupidly unrealistic and stop trying to be King Canutes.
Everyone wants cheaper housing but always complain when more houses are built, which logically will lower the overall prices due to supply and demand. Some people need to wake up and realise that what they are asking for is stupidly unrealistic and stop trying to be King Canutes. Hwicce
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