Angry Malvern residents hit out at housing plans at public meeting

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ANGRY residents packed into Malvern Cricket Club on Wednesday to make their voices heard on plans which could see 110 new homes built on Greenfield land in the town.

About 60 residents attended the lively meeting of the Malvern Link Forum in Regency Road to hear more about the plans for the former allotment site on land off Lower Howsell Road.

Among concerns raised at the meeting, which was also attended by Malvern Hills District Council members Clive Smith, Paul Tuthill and Mike Soley, were the impact on traffic, which is already often quite heavy in Lower Howsell Road, and the risk of flooding.

The meeting was led by Ron Harris of Summerfield Road, who said he was firmly in favour of keeping the area an open space.

"Malvern is a nice country, rural place – let’s keep it that way," he said.

After the plans were unveiled in June by planning consultants Harris Lamb on behalf of the Madresfield Estates a petition was set up against the development, which has now been signed by more than 700 people.

Mr Harris said a problem faced by rural towns such as Malvern was that there was no more room for new homes in Birmingham, so developers were looking at rural areas.

"I think Malvern will soon join up with Worcester," he said.

A similar application was made for the site in 1994 but was thrown out over traffic concerns, and Mr Harris said he felt the new plans - which have not yet been submitted to the district council's planning department - would suffer a similar fate.

Cllr Soley said a challenge the group would face was that the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) - which is due to set out future plans with regards to housing development in the region - had not yet been completed.

"Until the SWDP comes into force we can't do anything about it," he said.

"This has not come into force yet because our leaders haven't got it right yet."

The group is holding a stand in Worcester Road where anyone interested can sign the petition or find out more about the group.

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9:27am Fri 15 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

How many of those opposing actually live in houses where there were green fields 50 years ago? Is it a case of "we're in, now pull up the drawbridge"?
It is easy to say "no" to any new housing, but what is needed is a plan to show exactly where it will be permitted, and then you can validly say "no" to housing anywhere else.
How many of those opposing actually live in houses where there were green fields 50 years ago? Is it a case of "we're in, now pull up the drawbridge"? It is easy to say "no" to any new housing, but what is needed is a plan to show exactly where it will be permitted, and then you can validly say "no" to housing anywhere else. Brownface60
  • Score: 6

9:47am Fri 15 Aug 14

skychip says...

The SWDP needs to be looked at carefully as regards future development.
The SWDP needs to be looked at carefully as regards future development. skychip
  • Score: 3

1:50pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Hwicce says...

Usual collection of "I'm all right Jack" nimbys who have a house and don't want anyone else to have one if it blocks their view.
Usual collection of "I'm all right Jack" nimbys who have a house and don't want anyone else to have one if it blocks their view. Hwicce
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Fri 15 Aug 14

brooksider says...

Brownface60 wrote:
How many of those opposing actually live in houses where there were green fields 50 years ago? Is it a case of "we're in, now pull up the drawbridge"?
It is easy to say "no" to any new housing, but what is needed is a plan to show exactly where it will be permitted, and then you can validly say "no" to housing anywhere else.
Summerfield Road is a 60's development, built on Madresfield Estate land!
Maybe Mr Harris could suggest where the children of Malvern residents are going to live if the Malvern Nimbys stop housing developments.
[quote][p][bold]Brownface60[/bold] wrote: How many of those opposing actually live in houses where there were green fields 50 years ago? Is it a case of "we're in, now pull up the drawbridge"? It is easy to say "no" to any new housing, but what is needed is a plan to show exactly where it will be permitted, and then you can validly say "no" to housing anywhere else.[/p][/quote]Summerfield Road is a 60's development, built on Madresfield Estate land! Maybe Mr Harris could suggest where the children of Malvern residents are going to live if the Malvern Nimbys stop housing developments. brooksider
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11:15pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Small Town says...

"Angry Residents"
"Packed Meeting"

Hahahahahahahahahaha
hahahahahaha!

Looks more like a quiet clairvoyant night down the Pennine Suite at the Phoenix Club. Is that Brian Potter next to the bar!

"I'm getting the word....."
"Angry Residents" "Packed Meeting" Hahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahaha! Looks more like a quiet clairvoyant night down the Pennine Suite at the Phoenix Club. Is that Brian Potter next to the bar! "I'm getting the word....." Small Town
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2:58am Sat 16 Aug 14

speak your mind says...

What's wrong with progress. It's a compliment that people want to invest not only their money but their family's future in the area.
We we could end up with some of the charity shops being converted back real retail shops again to meet demands. Now that would be a great shame!
What's wrong with progress. It's a compliment that people want to invest not only their money but their family's future in the area. We we could end up with some of the charity shops being converted back real retail shops again to meet demands. Now that would be a great shame! speak your mind
  • Score: 3

3:03am Sat 16 Aug 14

speak your mind says...

What's wrong with progress? Lets be positive. We should take it as a compliment that people want to invest not only their money but their family's future in the area.

We could even end up with some charity shops being converted back to proper retail stores to meet extra demand for specialist items. What a shame that would be!
What's wrong with progress? Lets be positive. We should take it as a compliment that people want to invest not only their money but their family's future in the area. We could even end up with some charity shops being converted back to proper retail stores to meet extra demand for specialist items. What a shame that would be! speak your mind
  • Score: -2

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