50 homes on old BMX track set to be approved

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Monday, August 19th, 2019 10:30pm

By Christian Barnett - Local Democracy Reporter

A plan to build 50 affordable homes on the site of a disused former BMX track look set to be approved.

Lovell Homes plans to build a mix of one to four-bedroom homes on land off North End Lane in Malvern which has been vacant for a number of years.

Planners at Malvern Hills District Council have recommended the plan is approved when its northern planning committee meets on Wednesday (August 21).

The development would be a mix of one to four-bedroom homes and would be accessed from the south of the site from Nightingale Road.

The site has been allocated for new homes in the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP).

Malvern Town Council objected to the homes plan saying the planned access road was ‘unsuitable’ and the increase in cars in an already built up area would be unacceptable.

The town council also said building new homes would exacerbate flooding problems in the area.

Several objections were made by neighbours to the plan with a ‘huge’ increase in traffic and the loss of green space the biggest concerns.

Concerned neighbours said the entrance to the proposed development from Nightingale Road was “wholly unacceptable” as children regularly played in the area and cars driving through often exceeded 30 miles per hour.

The loss of green space by building the entrance road from Nightingale Road would also badly affect wildlife in the area including bats, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes and woodpeckers, according to residents.

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