CONCERNS remain over heavy congestion on one of the city's busiest roads as plans for a new 74-bed care home have been revealed as the latest in a long line of planned major developments in the area.

A plan for a 74-bed care home on the remaining part of the old park and ride site in John Comyn Drive off Droitwich Road has been submitted to Worcester City Council.

The new care home would be the latest in a long list of potential developments in and around Droitwich Road including a new Lidl supermarket, an expanded 785-plot Muslim cemetery, a new state-of-the-art hockey centre as well as the North Worcester Primary Academy which opened last September. A controversial plan for a new McDonald's drive-thru was withdrawn at the end of last year.

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Councillor Mel Allcott, who represents Claines, said it was a "refreshing change" to see developments on brownfield rather than "plaguing" green space.

She said the county needed to be "visionary" and work towards a car-free city to combat traffic in the often congested Droitwich Road and the rest of the city.

"Traffic remains a concern, in particular without a park and ride service," she said.

"As a city councillor, I find transport particularly frustrating, as it comes under Worcestershire County Council. With roughly 100,000 residents in Worcester, the county must be visionary and works towards a car-free city.

"A new, suitably located and fit for purpose park and ride service, must also be reinstated, if we are to stand any change of reducing congestion and pollution."

The planning application by Prime and Sanders Senior Living said residents would not own cars and staff would be encouraged to use public transport. Shift patterns would spread traffic from the care home across the day, it said.