Plan for 55 houses scares us to death

Worcester News: CONCERNS: Richard Bamford, far right, with other Eastward Road residents. Picture by Nick Toogood. 0713244201 CONCERNS: Richard Bamford, far right, with other Eastward Road residents. Picture by Nick Toogood. 0713244201

FRAIL pensioners in bungalows are living in fear of an unwanted development of 55 houses on their doorsteps.

Developer Taylor Wimpey is pressing ahead with plans to build the homes on land off Eastward Road, Malvern, despite opposition from residents and the fact the land was rejected by local planners for inclusion in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

A residents’ group called the Eastward Road Action Group is fighting the plans.

It has concerns over increasing existing traffic problems, fears local infrastructure will be unable to cope and says it would set an unwanted precedent for developing on countryside in the “significant gap” between Malvern and Leigh Sinton.

But chairman Richard Bamford, who lives in Eastward Road, said it was “the human element” that was the biggest cause for concern.

“Eastward Road is essentially a retirement area with the majority of residents of pensionable age, many in ill health, and if this development went ahead it would seriously affect even their already reduced quality of life,” he said. “All of the site traffic will have to go up and down the road and the elderly residents will basically become part of the building site. Some of the people here are scared to death of what is going to happen to them. There is a real human element not mentioned anywhere in the planning documents.”

Taylor Wimpey has submitted a planning application for the 55 homes, which will be decided by Malvern Hills District Council.

A spokesman said: “We consider the application offers the opportunity to help meet the recognised need for housing in Malvern, which is currently not being met by the South Worcestershire Development Plan.

“The scale of the proposals means existing services will be sufficient to accommodate the development and there will be a minimal impact upon traffic in the area.”

Mr Bamford believes the developer is trying to push its plans through before the SWDP – which still needs government approval – is formally adopted.

He believes councillors must stay true to what they have voted on in the SWDP and not fear having their decisions overturned on appeal until it is adopted.

“I think they have to stand firm behind their own plan,” he said. “They have always protected the significant gap and we hope that they will do the same this time.”

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5:30pm Tue 19 Feb 13

green49 says...

Developer Taylor Wimpey are only in it for the money, they don't care what the lasting impact can be, 55 houses will be potentially 110 people and 50 cars, that's an impact and will there be any additional facilities built? bet there won't,
We are in a could'nt care less about anybody society when it comes to developers, They will manipulate the planning rules to get what they want, I do hope the council refuse permission.
Developer Taylor Wimpey are only in it for the money, they don't care what the lasting impact can be, 55 houses will be potentially 110 people and 50 cars, that's an impact and will there be any additional facilities built? bet there won't, We are in a could'nt care less about anybody society when it comes to developers, They will manipulate the planning rules to get what they want, I do hope the council refuse permission. green49
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7:12pm Tue 19 Feb 13

TDH123 says...

"Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago.
Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy.
"Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago. Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy. TDH123
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7:49pm Tue 19 Feb 13

truth must out says...

TDH123 wrote:
"Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago.
Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy.
I agree entirely, the NIMBYs are gathering....!!
[quote][p][bold]TDH123[/bold] wrote: "Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago. Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely, the NIMBYs are gathering....!! truth must out
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7:41am Wed 20 Feb 13

green49 says...

TDH123 says...
7:12pm Tue 19 Feb 13
"Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago.
Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy.

When Eastward road was built i don't expect there were many neighbours,?

Don't you get it? a small build of about 20 houses will be little impact to an area but bigger builds disrupt everything and yes developers make money and it's spent locally but they do not put in new extra schools, shops, etc,etc, and thats the problem, then there are too many people moving into an area that cannnot accommadate everyone and all in the name of profit.
TDH123 says... 7:12pm Tue 19 Feb 13 "Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago. Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy. When Eastward road was built i don't expect there were many neighbours,? Don't you get it? a small build of about 20 houses will be little impact to an area but bigger builds disrupt everything and yes developers make money and it's spent locally but they do not put in new extra schools, shops, etc,etc, and thats the problem, then there are too many people moving into an area that cannnot accommadate everyone and all in the name of profit. green49
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9:53am Wed 20 Feb 13

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

The scrun land and fields at the bottom of Eastward Road were my playground when i was young. The whole area is very quiet. There was developmernt 'next door' in Greenfields Road many years ago and similar objections were raised over that. There was never any problem with the access, and i don't remember there being a problem with the people who moved there. As long as it is done sympathetically, i can't see what the objections could be.
The scrun land and fields at the bottom of Eastward Road were my playground when i was young. The whole area is very quiet. There was developmernt 'next door' in Greenfields Road many years ago and similar objections were raised over that. There was never any problem with the access, and i don't remember there being a problem with the people who moved there. As long as it is done sympathetically, i can't see what the objections could be. Arthur Blenkinsop
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6:33pm Wed 20 Feb 13

purplenicnoc says...

truth must out wrote:
TDH123 wrote:
"Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago.
Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy.
I agree entirely, the NIMBYs are gathering....!!
It's a fact of life, nothing stays the same things move on you have to try and move on too ... it happens to all of us, it's not the end of the world. If there wasn't a demand for housing they wouldn't be building them.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TDH123[/bold] wrote: "Scared to death" . . surely a little sensational?! There is an ever growing population, as had always been the case. I have no doubt that there were similar "not in my backyard" sentiments when Eastward Road itself was developed many years ago. Thankfully Taylor Wimpey will be in it for the money, they are a company after all. They will also create some local employment and bring new local residents to spend their money in the local economy.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely, the NIMBYs are gathering....!![/p][/quote]It's a fact of life, nothing stays the same things move on you have to try and move on too ... it happens to all of us, it's not the end of the world. If there wasn't a demand for housing they wouldn't be building them. purplenicnoc
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