Warning over delay to house blueprint

First published in News

THE developers behind a 2,450-home expansion of the city of Worcester say they will not stand for any more delays to a major house-building blueprint.

As it stands, there is provision in the South Worcester-shire Development Plan (SWDP) for homes and employment land to be sited at Broomhall to the south east of Worcester.

The SWDP earmarks sites for thousands of new homes over the next 18 years and is the result of five years’ work by Worcester, Malvern and Wychavon councils.

But the plan still has to be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of Malvern Hills District Council on Tuesday and another final meeting in December.

The extraordinary meeting was called after a Malvern-appointed policy review group proposed huge changes to the SWDP just weeks before it was due to be signed off.

Now developers controlling the Worcester south urban extension site at Broomhall have written to Malvern council warning that a full planning application will be submitted in the New Year if the councillors call for big changes.

Worcester and Wychavon planners warn that if Malvern supports the changes, the SWDP will have to be binned.

Savills, the agents representing Broomhall developers Welbeck Strategic Land and St Modwen, said the Malvern review group’s proposals to move housing allocations around were shocking and unsupported by evidence.

“We have chosen never to submit an application for our proposals as we wanted to wait and support the SWDP process,” said Michael Davies, of Savills.

But he warned that failure to agree the SWDP meant developers would have no option but to submit planning applications or be beaten to the punch by their competitors.

Mr Davies said that without a co-ordinated plan it would become difficult for councils to raise enough money to pay for long-term infrastructure improvements.

“I sympathise to an extent with Malvern and Wychavon having to accommodate both homes and employment, but the benefits are forgotten – like improving east-west traffic flow on the A4440.”

The developers now must wait for the outcome of the December 10 meeting.

Paul Swinburn, the deputy leader of Malvern, said the council’s leaders fully support the SWDP as it is.

He warned that the policy group’s proposals were too little and too late and that any changes would mean delays which could scupper the SWDP.

He warned that some Malvern councillors had failed to grasp the scale of what confronts them as, without the SWDP and proof of long-term housing supply, developers will imply submit plans for major estates and stood a good chance of forcing them through on appeal.

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12:26pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Hwicce says...

Another reason to do away with all these District Councils.

If we only had one body (the County Council) we wouldn't be in this mess with one District Council sabotaging the work of the other District Councils.

Wake up and smell the coffee guys, change is long overdue.
Another reason to do away with all these District Councils. If we only had one body (the County Council) we wouldn't be in this mess with one District Council sabotaging the work of the other District Councils. Wake up and smell the coffee guys, change is long overdue. Hwicce
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1:05pm Thu 8 Nov 12

mayall8808 says...

THE developers behind a 2,450-home expansion of the city of Worcester say they will not stand for any more delays to a major house-building blueprint.

Who do they think they are? GREED and for profit they have no interest in your local enviroment, the amount of house developments are too big for the infastructure to cope with, this SWDP has always been a disaster as far as i have been concerned, we should be revamping empty buildings and converting empty warehouses not using up green space or green belt as once its gone it will never be replaced.
THE developers behind a 2,450-home expansion of the city of Worcester say they will not stand for any more delays to a major house-building blueprint. Who do they think they are? GREED and for profit they have no interest in your local enviroment, the amount of house developments are too big for the infastructure to cope with, this SWDP has always been a disaster as far as i have been concerned, we should be revamping empty buildings and converting empty warehouses not using up green space or green belt as once its gone it will never be replaced. mayall8808
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1:45pm Thu 8 Nov 12

MrStJohns says...

mayall8808 wrote:
THE developers behind a 2,450-home expansion of the city of Worcester say they will not stand for any more delays to a major house-building blueprint.

Who do they think they are? GREED and for profit they have no interest in your local enviroment, the amount of house developments are too big for the infastructure to cope with, this SWDP has always been a disaster as far as i have been concerned, we should be revamping empty buildings and converting empty warehouses not using up green space or green belt as once its gone it will never be replaced.
problem is, they will get planning permission one way or the other.


so as the malvern councillors bounce up and down crying about this, all they are actually doing is jeopardising the opportunity for proper infrastructure etc to be put in place and part funded by developers.



as outlined above, no plan = developer free for all with the houses being built and no associated money for infrastructure. the matter you or any body else 'thinks' the development is to large is essentially irrelevant.
[quote][p][bold]mayall8808[/bold] wrote: THE developers behind a 2,450-home expansion of the city of Worcester say they will not stand for any more delays to a major house-building blueprint. Who do they think they are? GREED and for profit they have no interest in your local enviroment, the amount of house developments are too big for the infastructure to cope with, this SWDP has always been a disaster as far as i have been concerned, we should be revamping empty buildings and converting empty warehouses not using up green space or green belt as once its gone it will never be replaced.[/p][/quote]problem is, they will get planning permission one way or the other. so as the malvern councillors bounce up and down crying about this, all they are actually doing is jeopardising the opportunity for proper infrastructure etc to be put in place and part funded by developers. as outlined above, no plan = developer free for all with the houses being built and no associated money for infrastructure. the matter you or any body else 'thinks' the development is to large is essentially irrelevant. MrStJohns
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1:55pm Thu 8 Nov 12

skychip says...

This plan seems in disarray - perhaps more time should be given to get it right before the City is concreted over.
This plan seems in disarray - perhaps more time should be given to get it right before the City is concreted over. skychip
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8:29pm Thu 8 Nov 12

mayall8808 says...

Yes i agree with you MrStJohns but i don't want to see bad design and anymore overcrowding of our city, yes we keep being told we need more houses but lets not forget there are 1000s of empty buildings around that could be turned into modern liveable space but developers are only in it for the money and our council should make sure that what ever is passed includes new schools, surgeries etc etc to cope as if the council is not including any of the services required then they are not doing there jobs.
Yes i agree with you MrStJohns but i don't want to see bad design and anymore overcrowding of our city, yes we keep being told we need more houses but lets not forget there are 1000s of empty buildings around that could be turned into modern liveable space but developers are only in it for the money and our council should make sure that what ever is passed includes new schools, surgeries etc etc to cope as if the council is not including any of the services required then they are not doing there jobs. mayall8808
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11:24am Sat 10 Nov 12

Jabbadad says...

It's NIMBY time folks. Malvern have always felt they are unique, however when it comes to housing we will all have to take our share.
It's NIMBY time folks. Malvern have always felt they are unique, however when it comes to housing we will all have to take our share. Jabbadad
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