20th Oct, 2017

Planning chiefs recommend APPROVAL of controversial heart of Evesham homes bid

Joshua Godfrey 10th Oct, 2017 Updated: 11th Oct, 2017

PLANNING chiefs have recommended a developer’s controversial bid to build hundreds of homes in the heart of Evesham should be approved.

As the Observer has previously reported, a decision on Hallam Land Management’s bid to build 220 homes and a care home on land off Boat Lane is set to be made next Thursday.

In a report published today, planning officers have recommended to councillors on Wychavon District Council’s planning committee that they should approve the application subject to the completion of a Section 106 legal agreement

With a decision finally set to be made on the Hallam’s homes bid next Thursday, it brings to an end a saga which has rumbled on since December 2016 when they first submitted their plans.

A decision date on the proposals had been pushed back three times. Planning officers said this was due to a number of issues, including waiting for comments from Highways chiefs and Historic England, as well as minor changes made to the application.

When the application failed to make it to September’s planning committee, David Lock Associates, the agent for Hallam, expressed the developer’s ‘disappointment’ a decision date had ‘slipped’ back again.

The South Worcestershire Development Plan does state that approximately 200 homes can be built on land off Boat Lane.

Evesham Town Council held a public meeting on the proposals and residents packed the Town Hall to voice their opposition to Hallam’s housing bid.

Town Councillors also unanimously rejected the proposals, but their decision is only advisory and it will be councillors on Wychavon’s planning committee who will have the final say on the controversial proposals.

This is a breaking news story and there will be updates.

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