Major homes plan for centre of Evesham is back on the table - The Evesham Observer

Major homes plan for centre of Evesham is back on the table

Evesham Editorial 16th Dec, 2016 Updated: 16th Dec, 2016   0

CONTROVERSIAL plans for hundreds of new homes in the heart of Evesham have been resubmitted to planning chiefs, The Observer can reveal.

Hallam Land Management have handed in revised proposals for land off Boat Lane for 220 homes and up to 60 extra care units.

It follows months of discussions between Hallam and Wychavon District Council’s planning officers over how many homes can be built there, after the developer originally submitted an application in September 2015 for up to 380 homes.

A decision on the original application was due to be made by the end of 2015, but was pushed back six times after the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) was passed in February.

The SWDP states up to 200 homes can be built on the site, meaning the revised application exceeds the proposed allocation.

David Hammond, Housing and Planning Services Manager at Wychavon District Council, said the council would not comment on specifics of the application.

“What we can say is that under law we are obliged to consider every valid planning application that is made to us and make a judgement based on the merits of that application.

“The use of the SWDP is a key part of that,” he added.

The fresh application also includes employment land of 2,490 sq metres, a children’s play area, community orchard and an expansion of the Leisure Centre car park.

The Vale of Evesham Civic Society, who held a public meeting on the proposals last year, told the Observer they broadly welcomed the ‘much-reduced’ number of homes.

Colin Tether, from the society, said: “The developers are still pushing the boundaries with the addition of 10 per cent more houses and a new completely new element, the 60 extra care units.

“We are also anxious to see whether the anticipated bridge for cyclists and pedestrians over the river Avon connecting to Hampton will be shown in the plans so we can start to build a joined up network of off-road transport links in and around Evesham.

“It should be noted that Worcestershire County Highways never made any comment on the last application for 380 houses.

“It is vital that something is done to reduce the frustration and delay that is felt by all people trying to get through Evesham, by bus, car and bicycle on a daily basis,” he added.

To view the plans in detail click here.


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