25th Oct, 2016

Housing estate plans are opposed

Evesham Editorial 15th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

CONCERNED town councillors have voiced their opposition to proposals for 51 new homes on land at Brooklands Farm in Cheltenham Road.

Members of Evesham Town Council rejected the application at a meeting on Monday with one councillor labelling the plans ‘an accident waiting to happen’.

The proposals by Tom Sheppard to create a new housing estate caused division between members over the issue of where new housing should be built in the town.

Coun Robert Raphael proposed a refusal of the plans and said: “It’s an open space and a breathing space for the town and once again we are having concrete put on it.

“It’s right opposite the junction to Thistledown. I think 50 new homes is accident waiting to happen. Currently we have elegant

30s houses in Cheltenham Road, these are very new homes.”

His sentiments were echoed by Coun Richard Jones who raised concerns about flooding should the area be developed for housing.

However, a number of councillors said the area was a reasonable site for housing and pointed to the fact the site was ear-marked for new homes in the emerging South Worcestershire Development Plan.

Coun Gerry O’Donnell was among those to support the proposals and said: “Most of the development that Evesham is seeing is towards the north of the town.

“I think the south of the town is perfectly legitimate to have some housing. It’s in the plan, that’s why I am in a quandary.

“I do think housing is needed but I agree we don’t want the development of this and the ambulance site going on at the same time.” he added.

Despite the backing of some members, the town council voted to refuse the proposals.

The application will be determined by members of Wychavon District Council’s planning committee at a meeting in the near future.