Crime blackspot fear over housing

Worcester News: HOUSING: Crime fear. HOUSING: Crime fear.

AN unpopular housing development could become a crime blackspot if given the go-ahead, planners have been warned.

West Mercia Police’s crime risk manager for Worcestershire, Mike Stephenson, has raised concerns over plans to build 21 houses, including some affordable housing, on the site of the Firs, Main Street, Bishampton, near Pershore.

Mr Stephenson said he would have no objections in principle but believes the density of the housing in the village, between Pershore and Evesham, could lead to criminal activity. He said: “The area that causes the greatest concern is around plots nine to 15, which I suspect is the affordable housing. I am of the opinion that the density is too high in this part of the development as plots 12 to 15 have no ownership or surveillance over their parking and vehicles.

“Plus, I will be interested in how the developer will deal with rear access to all these properties without creating the opportunity for criminal and or inappropriate activity.” The plans for the 2.62 acre site – submitted by MWH Projects LLP of Inkberrow – have attracted more than 90 comments from residents on the Wychavon District Council website.

George Swarbrick, of Stanton Fields, Bishampton, said: “The proposed development is excessive and totally inappropriate in a village of this size and location. It will be to the great detriment of the people living in proximity to it and to the character of the village. It will place immense pressure on the current village infrastructure, in particular the narrow, winding and dangerous access roads to Bishampton.”

Villager Graham Boocock has created the website protect-bishampton.info and the application was discussed at the meeting of Bishampton and Throckmorton Parish Council. Under the scheme, the house called Firs would be demolished and access gained via an adoptable road off Main Street. Neil Pearce, development manager at the district council, said the application was still being assessed.

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5:54pm Sat 9 Mar 13

stu2010 says...

It will be a crime black spot if they fill it with Eastern Friends. Wait till 2014 when the Romanians and Albanians get here
It will be a crime black spot if they fill it with Eastern Friends. Wait till 2014 when the Romanians and Albanians get here stu2010

3:48pm Sun 10 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

Yes and according to the comments by Mike Stephenson we must also keep out ordinary or lower classes that live in affordable housing, since they or this development = Crime.
Perhaps Mike Stephenson and his police buddies could make the area safer by better policing, and they could make our streets safer for our older and vulnerable people to be able to walk out in safety, and seriously address burglaries instead of having civilians to simply issue a crime number for insurance purposes instead of eventually sending the police to the scene of crime.
We know where most of the police numbers are they are on the Telly racing around the roads in expensive high powered cars to apprehend a couple of youths in an old banger with a possible spliff under the seats. As the chase heightens more cars appear and sometimes 3 or 4 cars and 8 police are involved.
So perhaps more Policing Mike and less planning issues to please the locals eh?
Yes and according to the comments by Mike Stephenson we must also keep out ordinary or lower classes that live in affordable housing, since they or this development = Crime. Perhaps Mike Stephenson and his police buddies could make the area safer by better policing, and they could make our streets safer for our older and vulnerable people to be able to walk out in safety, and seriously address burglaries instead of having civilians to simply issue a crime number for insurance purposes instead of eventually sending the police to the scene of crime. We know where most of the police numbers are they are on the Telly racing around the roads in expensive high powered cars to apprehend a couple of youths in an old banger with a possible spliff under the seats. As the chase heightens more cars appear and sometimes 3 or 4 cars and 8 police are involved. So perhaps more Policing Mike and less planning issues to please the locals eh? Jabbadad

3:48pm Sun 10 Mar 13

Jabbadad says...

Yes and according to the comments by Mike Stephenson we must also keep out ordinary or lower classes that live in affordable housing, since they or this development = Crime.
Perhaps Mike Stephenson and his police buddies could make the area safer by better policing, and they could make our streets safer for our older and vulnerable people to be able to walk out in safety, and seriously address burglaries instead of having civilians to simply issue a crime number for insurance purposes instead of eventually sending the police to the scene of crime.
We know where most of the police numbers are they are on the Telly racing around the roads in expensive high powered cars to apprehend a couple of youths in an old banger with a possible spliff under the seats. As the chase heightens more cars appear and sometimes 3 or 4 cars and 8 police are involved.
So perhaps more Policing Mike and less planning issues to please the locals eh?
Yes and according to the comments by Mike Stephenson we must also keep out ordinary or lower classes that live in affordable housing, since they or this development = Crime. Perhaps Mike Stephenson and his police buddies could make the area safer by better policing, and they could make our streets safer for our older and vulnerable people to be able to walk out in safety, and seriously address burglaries instead of having civilians to simply issue a crime number for insurance purposes instead of eventually sending the police to the scene of crime. We know where most of the police numbers are they are on the Telly racing around the roads in expensive high powered cars to apprehend a couple of youths in an old banger with a possible spliff under the seats. As the chase heightens more cars appear and sometimes 3 or 4 cars and 8 police are involved. So perhaps more Policing Mike and less planning issues to please the locals eh? Jabbadad

8:24am Mon 11 Mar 13

Guy66 says...

stu2010 wrote:
It will be a crime black spot if they fill it with Eastern Friends. Wait till 2014 when the Romanians and Albanians get here
They are already here in vast numbers - Labour sorted that out for us all. Champagne Socialists!
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: It will be a crime black spot if they fill it with Eastern Friends. Wait till 2014 when the Romanians and Albanians get here[/p][/quote]They are already here in vast numbers - Labour sorted that out for us all. Champagne Socialists! Guy66

11:55am Mon 11 Mar 13

pinkfluff says...

stu2010 wrote:
It will be a crime black spot if they fill it with Eastern Friends. Wait till 2014 when the Romanians and Albanians get here
What is that supposed to mean?
[quote][p][bold]stu2010[/bold] wrote: It will be a crime black spot if they fill it with Eastern Friends. Wait till 2014 when the Romanians and Albanians get here[/p][/quote]What is that supposed to mean? pinkfluff
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