Residents fear worst as homes plan is approved

PLANS to demolish two large bungalows and build eight new houses have been approved, despite objections from neighbours.

Worcester City Council’s planning committee approved the plans, put forward by LMD Developments Ltd, to demolish two post-war bungalows in Henwick Road and build seven five-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom maisonette apartment at a meeting last week.

Permission was granted, subject to a legal agreement, which states a financial contribution will go towards improvements to schools in the area.

But residents living in Ferry Close, near to the site, said they feared the new houses would be built to accommodate students from nearby University of Worcester.

Six letters of objection were sent to the council who were concerned about loss of privacy, noise and parking.

Stephen Bond was one of six Ferry Close residents who came to the meeting objecting to the plans.

“We feel the proposed application is far too big for the site and we feel this will be [used] for student lets and not for family use due to the proximity of the university,” he said.

“If this is for students that’s another 35 people on that site. Students only live on the premises temporarily and do not care about the look or the care of the property.

“If this development goes ahead we will be concerned with a mini campus. Parking is an ongoing frustration for us.” Bob Pender, Worcestershire County Council transportation partnership manager, said: “On face value we have before us an application for eight new family dwellings.

“The applicant has offered a communal parking area of 17 new spaces. We consider 17 spaces for eight new family dwellings as adequate provided they are unallocated to specific properties.”

But ward Councillor Simon Geraghty, who was not at the meeting but sent a letter saying he was concerned traffic and parking would be more of a problem if the properties were built for students.

He requested planners to restrict the use of the new houses for families only.

“I would like to formally register my concern in relation to these new homes being for multiple occupancy,” he said.

Councillors voted in favour of adding extra conditions to the plans which include a rule that the developer must apply for further planning permission before changing the use of the developement to multiple occupation.

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2:52pm Thu 3 Jan 13

FourWFR says...

Another nail in the coffin for the residents of St Johns. The council have no concerns for the state of the area anymore, they only care about the money the students bring with them in uni fees. I'm glad I moved away a few years ago, unfortunately for my elderly parents who have been there for over fifty years, that's not an option, it's disgusting what's become of the area.

RIP St Johns..
Another nail in the coffin for the residents of St Johns. The council have no concerns for the state of the area anymore, they only care about the money the students bring with them in uni fees. I'm glad I moved away a few years ago, unfortunately for my elderly parents who have been there for over fifty years, that's not an option, it's disgusting what's become of the area. RIP St Johns.. FourWFR
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3:46pm Thu 3 Jan 13

leoalfie says...

Yet another example of Worcester City Council giving in to the demands of the University. No regard for the residents who have lived in Ferry Close for over 50 years and yet another example of houses built for students who will pay no Council Tax while the rest of us have our bills increased to allow for this. Take a look at all LMD's other properties Worcester City Council and see who occupies them,no way are these for families as well you know. Will be interesting to see what measures are taken by the planners when they are occupied by students and not families! Why is this news again it is exactly the same story as 23rd December 2012 are you short of stories Worcester News?
Yet another example of Worcester City Council giving in to the demands of the University. No regard for the residents who have lived in Ferry Close for over 50 years and yet another example of houses built for students who will pay no Council Tax while the rest of us have our bills increased to allow for this. Take a look at all LMD's other properties Worcester City Council and see who occupies them,no way are these for families as well you know. Will be interesting to see what measures are taken by the planners when they are occupied by students and not families! Why is this news again it is exactly the same story as 23rd December 2012 are you short of stories Worcester News? leoalfie
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3:46pm Thu 3 Jan 13

skychip says...

Don't expect any members of the Planning Committee live in the vicinity of proposed new houses. They don't seem to have any thought for the residents of the area.
Don't expect any members of the Planning Committee live in the vicinity of proposed new houses. They don't seem to have any thought for the residents of the area. skychip
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4:46pm Fri 4 Jan 13

mayall8808 says...

COULD NOT CARE LESS that's the council for you, This development will be too big for the area and cause loads of problems but as i say the council COULD NOT CARE LESS.
COULD NOT CARE LESS that's the council for you, This development will be too big for the area and cause loads of problems but as i say the council COULD NOT CARE LESS. mayall8808
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8:44pm Fri 4 Jan 13

The Doosra says...

While there is a profit to be made from converting some of St. Johns' existing housing stock into student lets, there will not be an end to such planning applications.

The City Council need to demand a meeting with the University to agree on a strategy for the University to fund the construction of purpose built student accommodation to make the conversion of good family homes into student lets less financially attractive.
While there is a profit to be made from converting some of St. Johns' existing housing stock into student lets, there will not be an end to such planning applications. The City Council need to demand a meeting with the University to agree on a strategy for the University to fund the construction of purpose built student accommodation to make the conversion of good family homes into student lets less financially attractive. The Doosra
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