27th Oct, 2016

Homes approved despite gridlock fears

Evesham Editorial 1st May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PLAN to build 176 homes on greenfield land next to one of Pershore’s main roads has been given the go-ahead despite fears nearby roads could be gridlocked.

Members of Wychavon District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the Persimmon Homes South Midlands development on land west of Station Road which includes a children’s play area, two ponds and allotment space.

Up to 40 per cent of the new homes will be affordable with the whole development covering more than twelve hectares of land, the size of almost 17 football pitches.

David Onions, representing developers Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said the development would make significant contributions to the Pershore Package which includes works to the Pinvin Crossroads and to the town’s Northern Link project

as well as Pershore High School located opposite.

But Pershore resident Viv Moss, who lives on Walcot Lane which is adjacent to the development, told the committee he was concerned about the traffic.

“Station Road is a very busy route and I’ve not seen any evidence to make way for the extra traffic which we will see as a result of this application should it be approved.”

Coun Charles Tucker, a non-committee member of the committee, said the development had substantially improved following discussions but was worried the area would suffer from gridlock.

“The amount of traffic on Station Road in the absence of the construction of the northern link road over the railway will undoubtedly I believe will have substantial difficulty at certain times of the day getting in and out of that road.

“There will be significant impact on the junction with that level of traffic.”

But Coun David Brotheridge felt it was important to give the development go-ahead given the fact developers were willing to make significant contributions to help improve the town’s infrastructure.

Earlier this year a major housing development of 260 homes was also approved by the planning committee on land west of Station Road.

Hundreds of homes have been earmarked for the land under the South Worcestershire Development Plan.