Battle line drawn on Stourport homes scheme

Kidderminster Shuttle: ‘No need’: Alan Smith, left, and Jamie Shaw by the proposed housing site which they say should not be approved. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 091302L. ‘No need’: Alan Smith, left, and Jamie Shaw by the proposed housing site which they say should not be approved. Picture: PHIL LOACH. 091302L.

ANGRY residents say they will not let 106 houses be built on a field in Astley Cross without a fight.

Bovis Homes has submitted a planning application to build homes on green fields between Pearl Lane, Areley Common and Malvern Edge Court.

The proposals have been strongly opposed by residents and councillors who say there is no need for the houses.

The site, however, is just past the Wyre Forest/Malvern Hills boundary line, meaning the application has been sent to Malvern Hills District Council.

Labour Wyre Forest district councillor Jamie Shaw said he had advised residents of “the 200 homes most affected” – who all live on the Wyre Forest side of the border – to write a letter of objection to Malvern Hills planners.

Malvern Edge Court resident, Alan Smith, whose house is in Wyre Forest but part of his garden in Malvern Hills, has set up a “growing” mailing list of people opposing the plans.

He said: “There is a lot of opposition. It goes against all planning provision because the land is not allocated for residential development in either district’s development plans.”

Mr Smith said the field frequently flooded and a proposed pond “would not” solve the problem.

“We are working hard to stop this and will not let it happen without a fight,” he added.

Mr Shaw said Wyre Forest had already planned for all the homes it needed until 2026 and the South Worcestershire Development Plan had already allocated housing needed for Malvern Hills.

“There is no planning case for these proposed developments,” added Mr Shaw. “This objection is not just nimbyism – it is on very good planning grounds.”

A 13-week period to explore the application which was submitted earlier this month is under way.

It is expected Wyre Forest District Council and Stourport Town Council will be consulted on the application in April and it could be put before Malvern Hills’ planning committee for a final decision in May.

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6:13pm Mon 4 Mar 13

norman73 says...

i do hope they get permission. as a local to stourport i would like to live there.
i do hope they get permission. as a local to stourport i would like to live there. norman73
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1:15pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Shibdrift says...

"No need for houses"..........wak
e up people!!!

You obviously mean, we don't want anyone living next to us and spoiling our view!
"No need for houses"..........wak e up people!!! You obviously mean, we don't want anyone living next to us and spoiling our view! Shibdrift
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11:54pm Tue 5 Mar 13

Jane Gordon says...

This application is for Malvern Hills council. It would impact on Stourport not Malvern residents. It would just cause more traffic gridlock in the town and be a drain on Wyre Forests resourses not Malvern Hills.
This application is for Malvern Hills council. It would impact on Stourport not Malvern residents. It would just cause more traffic gridlock in the town and be a drain on Wyre Forests resourses not Malvern Hills. Jane Gordon
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