A NEW footbridge will be built linking the city with a proposed ‘super village’ after plans were backed by councillors.

Worcestershire County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the new foot and cycle bridge across the now dualled Broomhall Way linking the city with a £500 million 2,204 home ‘super village’ which forms part of the South Worcester Urban Extension.

The bridge, which would be built between the Norton and Ketch roundabouts of the A4440, would cost around £3.5 million.

Whilst councillors agreed the footbridge was much needed, many complained about its mediocre design.

Councillor John Raine said it looked utilitarian and the council could do better whilst Cllr Pat Agar said it could be better but was not “offensive.” She said the loss of green space was serious and should be taken more seriously.

Cllr Paul Denham was disappointed with the design. He said the bridge was “not a thing of great beauty” and could have been more interesting.

Worcester City Council and Malvern Hills District Council criticised the design of the bridge and said it should be of much higher quality. Both authorities urged the county council to reconsider the design before approving.

Cllr John Raine said the bridge was much-needed but he was concerned the barriers across the bridge were too low, which might lead to people jumping off the bridge or throwing objects from it onto cars.

Cllr Denham said that whilst the risk of throwing objects was low, it was still a risk that could lead to death for drivers and the developer should be more cautious.

The developer said the bridge met standards for height and the risk for throwing objects from it was not a unique one. The design was to prevent it blocking the views of the Malvern Hills.

Cllr Steve Mackay, who represents St Peter’s, said the size of the ramp in Power Park would make it “somewhat unsightly” and hoped it could be covered by trees.

Cllr Mackay said the county council should consider compensating the city council for the loss of green space.

The footbridge was originally included in St Modwen’s planning application in 2013 but it was decided Worcestershire County Council would take over building the bridge with the developer covering the cost.

Plans were meant to go before Worcestershire County Council’s planning committee in May but a decision was delayed for more work to be carried out on potential flooding in Power Park.